Infant crying and colic: What lies beneath

John D. Newman

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The neural structures implicated in crying are reviewed, based on studies in animals. Brain regions involved include the anterior cingulate gyrus (a cortical structure), amygdala, thalamic tegmentum, periaqueductal gray of the midbrain, and the nucleus ambiguus of the caudal brainstem. It is hypothesized that the crying associated with colic may be manifestation of differing developmental stages in the brain circuits involved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)470-471
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • General Neuroscience
  • General Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology


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