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Fathers are just as good as mothers at recognizing the cries of their baby

Overview of attention for article published in Nature Communications, April 2013
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7 news outlets
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219 tweeters
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17 Facebook pages
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Title
Fathers are just as good as mothers at recognizing the cries of their baby
Published in
Nature Communications, April 2013
DOI 10.1038/ncomms2713
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Authors

Erik Gustafsson, Florence Levréro, David Reby, Nicolas Mathevon, Florence Levréro

Abstract

Previous investigations of parents' abilities to recognize the cries of their own babies have identified substantial and significant sex differences, with mothers showing greater correct recognition rates than fathers. Such sex differences in parenting abilities are common in non-human mammals and usually attributed to differential evolutionary pressures on male and female parental investment. However, in humans the traditional concept of 'maternal instinct' has received little empirical support and is incongruous given our evolutionary past as cooperative breeders. Here we use a controlled experimental design to show that both fathers and mothers can reliably and equally recognize their own baby from their cries, and that the only crucial factor affecting this ability is the amount of time spent by the parent with their own baby. These results highlight the importance of exposure and learning in the development of this ability, which may rely on shared auditory and cognitive abilities rather than sex-specific innate predispositions.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Germany 2 3%
Hungary 2 3%
United Kingdom 1 2%
France 1 2%
Japan 1 2%
Chile 1 2%
Austria 1 2%
Unknown 51 85%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 25%
Researcher 15 25%
Student > Master 8 13%
Student > Bachelor 6 10%
Unspecified 4 7%
Other 12 20%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 16 27%
Psychology 12 20%
Unspecified 8 13%
Neuroscience 6 10%
Engineering 4 7%
Other 14 23%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 276. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 26 May 2018.
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#43,940
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