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Why you’re powerless to ignore a crying baby

Every wail and wimper of a baby's cry is carefully tuned to spark a reaction from nearby adults.
Every wail and wimper of a baby's cry is carefully tuned to spark a reaction from nearby adults. (Jacques Kleynhans/)

We can choose not to respond, but those shattering notes will infiltrate our noggins no matter what. The wail (however irritating it might be) sparks a response that ensures one thing: survival. Data suggests that the noise tips

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