Listening to infant distress vocalizations enhances effortful motor performance.

@article{Parsons2012ListeningTI,
  title={Listening to infant distress vocalizations enhances effortful motor performance.},
  author={Christine E Parsons and Katherine S Young and Emma Kay Parsons and Alan Stein and Morten L. Kringelbach},
  journal={Acta paediatrica},
  year={2012},
  volume={101 4},
  pages={
          e189-91
        }
}
There are few sounds that carry as much biological clout as the cries of a distressed infant. Consider a crying infant on a plane: the sound is as unpleasant as it is difficult to ignore, even amongst a host of other environmental noises. A distressed infant’s cry, characterized by high and variable pitch, elicits autonomic arousal in the listener as measured by heart rate, blood pressure, skin conductance [for review, see (1,2)] or hand grip force (3). The physiological arousal seen in… CONTINUE READING
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