|Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2004), 27:4:460-460 Cambridge University Press|
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Early infant crying as a behavioral state rather than a signal
I argue that in the first three months, crying is primarily a behavioral state rather than a signal and that its properties include prolonged and unsoothable crying bouts as part of normal development. However, these normal properties trigger Shaken Baby Syndrome, a form of child abuse that does not easily fit an adaptive infanticide analysis.