On the utility of an evolutionary approach to infant crying

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):475-476 (2004)

Abstract

Soltis' analysis of signal functions of young infants' cries stimulates testable questions regarding abuse, neglect, and infanticide. Nevertheless, his evolutionary perspective oversimplifies the cry event, and does little to promote developmental analysis of crying during infancy. Studies of the cry in its behavioral and developmental context are needed if we are to understand the proximate causes of optimal and suboptimal care.

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Rebecca Wood
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