Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Behavioral and Brain Sciences (2004), 27:4:462-463 Cambridge University Press
Copyright © 2004 Cambridge University Press
doi:10.1017/S0140525X04260101

Short Communication

Infant crying in hunter-gatherer cultures


Hillary N. Fouts a1, Michael E. Lamb a1 and Barry S. Hewlett a2
a1 Section on Social and Emotional Development, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, Rockledge One Center, Bethesda, MD 20892 foutsh@mail.nih.gov michael_lamb@nih.gov http://eclipse.nichd.nih.gov/nichd/ssed/index.html
a2 Department of Anthropology, Washington State University – Vancouver, Vancouver, WA 98686 hewlett@vancouver.wsu.edu http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/fac/hewlett/hewlett.htm

Abstract

By synthesizing evolutionary, attachment, and acoustic perspectives, Soltis has provided an innovative model of infant cry acoustics and parental responsiveness. We question some of his hypotheses, however, because of the limited extant data on infant crying among hunter-gatherers. We also question Soltis' distinction between manipulative and honest signaling based upon recent contributions from attachment theory.



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