Study: Crying baby prompts faster response

January 10, 2012 2:25:21 PM PST
If the sound of a baby crying makes you jump into action, you are not alone.

A study by Oxford University researchers found that adults' responses were swifter when they were listening to babies crying compared to hearing sounds of adults in distress or twittering birds.

Researchers say it is not hard to see how this could facilitate care-giving behavior.

Scientists are hoping their work will help other women with postnatal depression. One theory is they may be suffering from some kind of disruption to the baby-cry response.