Crying of a newborn child: Alarm signal or protocommunication?

Andrea Clarici, Laura Travan, Agostino Accardo, Umberto De Vonderweid, Antonio Bava

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The purpose of the study was to explore whether the new-born cry is a simple alarm signal or differentiated cries with different meanings. 12 digital audio taped recordings of 6 full-term healthy babies were analysed. Cries of 6 newborns in this preliminary study were recorded in a pain condition after a prick for the hematic check-up the third day after delivery and then while crying spontaneously in the cradle. The sounds were sampled at 44100 Hz with a 16-bit resolution and converted to the .wav format. All the analyses were performed with a software written in the MAT-LAB

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)752-754
Number of pages3
JournalPerceptual and Motor Skills
Issue number3 PART 1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology


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