For crying out loud, what are babies trying to tell us?


For crying out loud, what are babies trying to tell us?

Scientists say humans are hard-wired to recognise their babies — but they don’t always understand what they are saying

Senior reporter

Both fathers and mothers have a natural ability to recognise their baby’s cries, and even non-parents are hard-wired to easily recognise different cries, according to an international conference hosted in SA this month.

In addition, studies of human brain activity suggest humans are hard-wired to feel empathy when hearing a baby cry.

The findings were presented by Prof Nicolas Mathevon, president of the International Bioacoustics Society, at an online international bioacoustics conference organised by SA marine research group Sea Search. Bioacoustics is the study of how animals make and react to sounds. Showcased studies ranged from how spotted grunters grunt, to what Egyptian geese are trying to say to each other...

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