Apparently, human adults are hardwired to have better responses when listening to a baby cry. A recent study showed that adults reacted more quickly and with better dexterity when playing Whack-A-Mole if they were listening to the sound of a baby crying, as opposed to birds twittering or an adult in distress.
Even though the study doesn’t go into much detail, it might be because of hormones released when an adult hears a baby cry. It’s part of evolution- human adults should want to respond efficiently to crying human babies.
Unfortunately, I think the most important fact of this study has been overlooked:
Whack-A-Mole has finally received the recognition it deserves as a valuable scientific tool.
Also, bonus points to anyone nerdy enough to laugh at the picture.