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Perceptual responses to infant crying: identification of cry types*

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 September 2008

E. Müller
Affiliation:
Communication Sciences Laboratory, University of Florida
H. Hollien
Affiliation:
Communication Sciences Laboratory, University of Florida
T. Murry
Affiliation:
Veterans Administration Hospital, San Diego

Abstract

This report describes a perceptual study on the ability of mothers to perceptually differentiate cry samples elicited by three different stimulus situations. In some instances mothers were evaluating cries produced by their own infant; in other cases they judged those produced by infants with whom they were unfamiliar. The results of the investigation indicated that the eighteen mothers were generally unable to successfully match the cry samples with the three cry-evoking situations. Further, no differential advantage was found when mothers were judging samples produced by their own infant.

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Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1974

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Footnotes

*

This research was supported in part by NIH grant NS-06459. We are also grateful for the assistance of Mrs Joan Murry who worked with the infants, and the eight mothers who allowed their children to be used as subjects.

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