Baby Pics Boost Altruism

One of my all-time most popular posts is Child Labor: Put That Baby to Work!, which showed how orienting a baby picture so that the baby was looking toward the headline of an ad caused people to spend more time reading that headline. There’s another effect that baby pictures have: they can boost altruistic behavior. An interesting experiment in Edinburgh showed the power of a baby picture compared to other images: […]

By | April 27th, 2010|

Baby Pictures Really Do Grab Our Attention

Since the early days of advertising, it’s been axiomatic that pictures of babies grab the attention of readers more effectively than any other kind of image. This has led to baby pictures being used in ads for just about any kind of product or service, often with a cute caption to tie in the image to the unrelated ad content. As it turns out, decades of advertisers were right on the money: our brains are hardwired to respond to baby faces, and even baby-like characteristics in adults. […]

By | February 29th, 2008|