Study: Crying babies mimic parents

November 5, 2009 2:27:41 PM PST
Most new parents will tell you they know the cry of their own baby. And part of the reason may be that a newborn's cry is already mimicking the accent of its mother. Researchers analyzed the cries of 60 newborns, 30 born to French-speaking families and 30 born to German-speaking families.

They found that the infants "cry melodies" differed distinctly based on their mother's voice and accent.

This study in the journal Current Biology suggests that, even in the womb, babies pick up the on the subtleties of language.