BUSTED! Babies Do Fake Cry To Get Attention - Scientists

Published On: January 17, 2014, 5:59 pm (6 years ago)
Author: Daniel Bosai
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Babies are known to cry to alert their parents to their distress to help ensure their survival.

Yet, confirming what many parents already suspect, scientists have found that infants also fake cry simply to get extra attention – particularly if they have brothers and sisters.

Japanese researchers studied two babies crying over a period of six months and believe the infants are capable of the clever deception.

Hiroko Nakayama, a researcher at the University of the Sacred Heart, Tokyo, said one of the babies faked crying, after filming the children for an hour twice a month, for half a year.

The scientists coded the video footage in five second segments to document 68 episodes of crying for seven month old ‘Baby R’ and 34 episodes for ‘Baby M’ who was nine months old at the beginning of the study, The British Psychological Society reported.

They looked for the presence of emotion in the minutes before and after the babies cried and found that all of Baby M’s crying episodes were preceded by evidence of upset, shown by the child grimacing, making noises or looking sad.

However, the researchers also found that there was an instance when Baby R cried shortly after smiling and laughing.

While they said that 98 per cent of Baby R’s crying episodes did follow a negative effect, the incident at 11 months was recognised by her mother as fake crying and analysis confirmed this.

‘Infant R appeared to cry deliberately to get her mother’s attention,’ said Nakayama, who added that ‘she showed smile immediately after her mother came closer.’Dr Nakayama said fake crying successfully attracts the attention of a parent and contributes ‘greatly’ to an infant’s social development as well as their emotional development.

‘Infants who are capable of fake crying might communicate successfully with their caregivers in this way on a daily basis. Fake crying could add much to their relationships,’ she added.The study also revealed that typically after a crying episode, the babies continued to be distressed or sad and they only slowly became happier with physical contact from a parent.

While the researchers only observed two children, they think that Baby R might used fake crying as she had two siblings, whereas Baby M was an only child and did not have to compete for her parents’ attention.

Dr Nakayama said that siblings can enrich social interactions at home and increase their variety.

‘Such environmental factors are known to stimulate the development of communication skills of infants,’ she added.

Source: Dailymail

Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 05:59 PM | Hero
Na today, like say we never see pikin before, whic kind scientis i beg make una rest with una story, something wey we knew already.

Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:08 PM | Upcoming
Dats jst their way of communication

Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:10 PM | Hero
jar84 jar84 (f)
so true, my baby does dat
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:20 PM | Gistmaniac
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:23 PM | Gistmaniac
Me self fake cried when I was 2months old, so we don know that one tey tey
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:24 PM | Addicted Hero
na them be God?shit
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:35 PM | Gistmaniac
Na today
Eneh say so via nokia 3310
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 06:45 PM | Gistmaniac
after the fake cry if no attention is given to them it will turn to real cry
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 07:05 PM | Upcoming
if they can't talk to get your attension, they cry to get your attension. My science, go rest your matter cos you no fit stop that one
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 07:21 PM | Upcoming
I didn't do al of vhat wen I was a baby!!

Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 07:30 PM | Gistmaniac
ok i hear,thanks for the info  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes  Roll Eyes
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 07:59 PM | Addicted Hero
zoe61 zoe61 (f)
 Cool Cool Cool
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 09:14 PM | Hero
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 10:40 PM | Addicted Hero
is dat wat our scientist r meant 2 b discoverin.Itz d obvious
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 11:16 PM | Upcoming
Alright !
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 11:32 PM | Hero
 Roll Eyes Huh?
Posted: (6 years ago) on 17-01-2014 11:40 PM | Gistmaniac
micc micc (m)
We know NA
Posted: (6 years ago) on 18-01-2014 01:21 AM | Hero
Babies need attention, they don't need to fake cry to get it.
Posted: (6 years ago) on 18-01-2014 04:07 AM | Gistmaniac

Posted: (6 years ago) on 18-01-2014 06:36 AM | Addicted Hero
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