The proposed study is significant and timely, and examines the important public health issue of postnatal depression, a debilitating disorder that impacts on the individual, the infant and the broader family.

Understanding how postnatal depression disrupts normal ability to attend to non-vocal cues (emotional displays) in the infant is important for developing therapeutic interventions that target intergenerational transmission of neglect, abuse and mental health disorders in children of mothers with postnatal depression, and to improve the mother-baby attachment so as to minimise the cumulative risk factors of unfavourable developmental outcomes for children of mothers with postnatal depression.

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