Frequency characteristics, voicing and volume of an infant's cry are among the criteria chopped up in time segments and analyzed by a computer-based tool to determine what baby's problem is. The development by researchers at Brown University and the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island can help identify health issues that might persist after complications in pregnancy or birth. "Cry analysis can be a noninvasive way to get a measurement of these disruptions in the neurobiological and neurobehavioral systems in very young babies," said Stephen Sheinkopf, assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown.

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