1. Ronald G. Barr (2004). Early Infant Crying as a Behavioral State Rather Than a Signal. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):460-460.
    I argue that in the first three months, crying is primarily a behavioral state rather than a signal and that its properties include prolonged and unsoothable crying bouts as part of normal development. However, these normal properties trigger Shaken Baby Syndrome, a form of child abuse that does not easily fit an adaptive infanticide analysis.
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  2. Ronald G. Barr, Brian Hopkins & James A. Green (2003). Brought to You by| Google Googlebot-Web Crawler SEO. Semiotica 143 (1/4):211-215.
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  3. Ronald G. Barr (1990). The Early Crying Paradox. Human Nature 1 (4):355-389.
    In contemporary Western societies, infants in the first 3 months cry more than at any other time during their life. Although this crying is believed to function to assure nutrition, protection, and mother-infant interaction thought to be essential for later attachment, it also predisposes to complaints of excessive crying (“colic”), discontinuing breast-feeding, and, in the extreme case, child abuse. A resolution of this apparent paradox is proposed based on evidence that elements of caregiving are important determinants of some aspects of (...)
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