The Science Of Snorgling

We’ve all done it.

You see a cute puppeh or kitt-tayns or even an OMGPONIES!!!!1 and you must SNORGLE it, STAT!

NBC says there’s a reason for that. (Thanks to Cuteporter Michele R. for the story tip.) In this article, they say “New research finds that seemingly strange aggressive responses to cuteness are actually the norm.” The story goes on to quote study researcher Rebecca Dyer, a graduate student in psychology at Yale. “We think it’s about high positive-affect, an approach orientation and almost a sense of lost control,” said Dyer. “You know, you can’t stand it, you can’t handle it, that kind of thing.”

Um, Duh.

Roxy the pup from Lincy A.


  1. If they want to research cute, they should come to the us. The experts!

  2. Cute Aggression? I has it.

    “Such high levels of positive emotion may overwhelm people.” Sounds about right.

    Manifests in ear-nomming.

  3. and she sez she duzzn’t haz a problem ……

  4. I has a Ph.D. in Squee!

  5. Ph. Squee.

  6. hence the “it’s so fluffy i’m gonna die!” scene in Despicable Me . . . ;-)

  7. I can’t believe people actually get paid to do studies like that. Just visiting CO or watching kids with puppehs or kittehs would’ve told them everything they needed to know on the subject. :)


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