Friday, July 19, 2013

Cry Analyzer Could Indicate Babies' Health

crying baby 
From soft, coo-like whimpers to heartbreaking sobs, a baby's cries can evoke strong emotions, and yet the reasons for crying can remain mysterious. But now, a new tool for analyzing the sound of a baby's cry could provide clues to crying patterns that might signal health problems.

The cry analyzer, developed by researchers at Brown University, can perceive slight variations in cries that a human ear can't detect. These variations could be used to identify neurological problems or developmental disorders, the researchers say.

"The cry might tell you something you might not otherwise pick up," said psychiatrist Barry Lester of Brown University, part of the team that developed the cry analyzer. [11 Facts Every Parent Should Know About Their Baby's Brain].

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