Cry analyzer seeks clues to babies’ health

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Slight, often imperceptible variations in a baby’s cry may carry information about what’s wrong. A new tool, developed at Brown, analyzes the acoustic signal, allowing the youngest infants to help care-givers pinpoint problems. Credit: Mike Cohea/Brown University

Researchers at Brown University and Women & Infants Hospital have developed a new tool that analyzes the cries of babies, searching for clues to potential health or developmental problems. Slight variations in cries, mostly imperceptible to the human ear, can be a “window into the brain” that could allow for early intervention.