Baby’s cry can change parents’ way of thinking


A recent study suggests that crying baby not only demands your attention, but you can also change the way of thinking. Apparently, cognitive and neural processes in the brain is shaken and can affect their everyday decisions.

David Haley, associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, says the fatherly instincts are wired in an individual however, very little has been done to reveal its impact on cognition.

The researchers conducted an experiment to observe the effects of the vocalization of a baby in the cognitive functions of the participants while a task is completed conflict.

A Stroop task was used in the experiment in which adults were given printed words whose colors had to identify as quickly as possible, paying attention to meaning of the word.

The functions of the brain were recorded by electroencephalography (EEG), while participants identified colors after hearing Feb. 1-second clip of a baby laugh or mourn.

The experiment was conducted in an effort to emulate real life situations that can stimulate cognitive processes in conflict, and that demands attention; one of the basic requirements for making a decision, says Haley.

Joanna Dudek, one of the graduates in the research laboratory for parents and babies David Haley and lead author of the research, he says parents have a lot on their plates and have to take some kind of decisions every day in their lives. They may be busy with their work at home when someone calls and the child begins to mourn. The researchers tried to find out how parents know when to quit her job and pick up their children.

Haley says he has noticed that the baby crying can cause aversion in adults, but also creates a kind of adaptive response, which switches parents in cognitive control to meet the needs the child to complete other tasks of daily life.

The cry of a child triggers the mechanism in the brain cognitive conflicts of parents, allowing them to segregate their attention. This could also teach them to be selectively attentive.

Hailey concluded that flexible cognitive helps the role that parents focus their attention on their children while juggling a number of other activities, this could lead to ignoring momentarily the child to another task they perceive important in a particular situation.

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