Baby Yoda is the star of the television series, The Mandalorian, in the Star Wars film universe. It is a small, green-skinned, big-eared alien who can wield "the force."
The ways in which Baby Yoda's creators have modelled him on human attributes can give us insights into how and why people think certain beings and behaviours lovable.
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As babies grow older, they start to incorporate other behaviours, such as hugging and gifting, that help to create a bond between themselves and potential caregivers.
The cute looks may draw them in, but their social actions keep others interested. These are the behaviours that convince Mando to care, protect, and make Baby Yoda part of their tribe.
Baby Yoda's features are similar to human babies, such as his big, beautiful eyes, oversized ears, and clumsy short limbs.
However, his charms reach beyond his adorable appearance. His behaviour and the responses he draws out are what melts the hearts of people.
The narrative of The Mandalorian series centres around the unlikely bond between a hardened bounty hunter, known as Mando, and the seemingly helpless Baby Yoda.
Baby Yoda is similar to a 14-month-old human. He's mobile and mostly nonverbal, and copies behaviour from adults. Actions such as making eye contact and giggling, sharing toys or other items, waving, and reaching out, make people feel more attached to babies.
As unreal as it may seem, humans' intelligence is related to their birth. The growth in intelligence is very often associated to a an increase in brain size. The increase in brain size was only possible because there was also an increase in women's pelvis: the bigger the baby's brain, the bigger the mother's pelvis should be. Therefore, the women's role in the growth of humans' intelligence is often underestimated.
Traits such as big eyes, fuzziness, and having pudgy bodies, we tend to often find them cute and adorable. From babies to baby animals, it's hard not to be excited when we see them; this is only natural due to how our bodies are programmed.
Our brains are filled with "feel-good chemicals" whenever we see something cute. We often find ourselves in gigil. This is also known as cuteness aggression.
The baby-advice industry targets people at their most vulnerable - at the start of the weightiest responsibility of their lives - and suggests that they have some information that will ensure the future happiness of the child.
Even the most skeptical readers fall prey to books that promise a happy and healthy child.