From Fox News By Sara G. Miller: Opioids may affect how cute people think babies are, a new small study finds.
In the study, people with an opioid dependence who viewed images of cute babies didn't show any activity in the part of the brain linked to reward.
However, when the same individuals were given medications to block the effects of opioids and then asked to repeat the experiment, the individuals' reward centers lit up, according to the study, presented today (Sept. 19) at the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology Congress in Vienna, Austria.
People's perceptions of cuteness may have effects that go beyond how those individuals feel about babies. Finding little kids to be cute may help motivate someone to care for others, the researchers said. Without this motivation, a person's caretaking abilities may be reduced.