Empathic distress in the newborn

Abraham Sagi, Martin L. Hoffman

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A study with 34-hr-old infants replicated previous findings with 70-hr-old Ss which show that infants cry to the sound of another newborn's cry and that the cry is a response to the vocal properties of the other's cry. Ss exposed to the newborn cry cried significantly more often than those exposed to silence and those exposed to a synthetic newborn cry of the same intensity. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-176
Number of pages2
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1976
Externally publishedYes


  • exposure to real vs synthetic newborn's cry vs silence, empathic crying behavior, 34 & 70 hr old Ss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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