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Study: Babies May Pretend To Be Upset and Cry

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TOKYO, Japan -

Could some babies pretend crying to simply get attention? Tokyo researchers say "yes!"

They studied babies to find out whether they were distressed or happy immediately before crying and they believe babies with siblings use fake crying to get attention as they have to compete with brothers and sisters to stay in the limelight.

The study was done by sacred Heart University in Japan. Dr. Hioka Nakayama says younger children exhibited instances of fake crying get their mother's attention.

Researchers also think fake crying contributes greatly to an infant's social development as well as their emotional development as it's their way of communicating at a very young age.

The study was published in the Infant Behavior and Development Journal.

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