End to Population Growth: We are far from a world in which all births result from intended pregnancies. For various reasons they are not using contraception. If all births resulted from women actively intending to conceive, fertility would immediately fall slightly below the replacement level; world population would peak within a few decades and subsequently decline.
Consequences of the "Unbonded" Child and Gender Inequality. James Prescott is a developmental neurpsychologist and cross cultural psychologist who received his doctorate in psychology from McGill University, Montreal, P.
He was the recipient of the "Outstanding Contributions to Psychology Award," Maryland Psychological Association ; and the Cine Golden Eagle Award, for his contributions, as Scientific Director, of the award winning Time-Life film, "Rock A Bye Baby" ; and has given expert testimony on the origins of human violence, particularly domestic violence, before the Senate of Canada, the U.
Congress; and many other legislative and professional organizations. After our industrial civilization has broken and the civilization of touch has begun, war will cease, there will be no more wars. Canada where I was made acutely aware of the extraordinary importance that the early sensory-social environment p.
The pioneering studies at McGill in the s and s documented that social isolation rearing of puppies results in not only aberrant adult emotional-social behaviors but also in abnormal brain development and functioning.
These and related behavioral studies involving the effects of sensory deprivation and the social isolation rearing of infrahuman primates by psychologists Austin Riesen at Yerkes Primate Center in Atlanta, Georgia and of the Harlows at the University of Wisconsin provided a theoretical and experimental frame of reference for the brain studies which I initiated on isolation reared maternal-socially deprived monkeys at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development NICHDNational Institutes of Health NIH.
From a different theoretical perspective, Francoeur , and Francoeur and Rami are spiritual co-travelers on this journey of understanding the nature of human love and violence. During my tenure at the NICHDI formulated a novel developmental brain-behavioral theory of emotional-social regulation to explain the pathological depression and violence that results from maternal-social deprivation or the social isolation rearing of infant animals.
This theory involved the cerebellar-limbic-frontal lobe complex where I proposed that the cerebellum has a major role in the regulation of p. I established a number of basic research programs to evaluate this theory and with other scientists documented that the failure of "mother love" results in developmental brain dysfunction and damage which underlies the depression, stereotypical movement disorders e.
It is of historical significance that both Harry Harlow and Rene Spitz denied that maternal-social deprivation involved sensory deprivation and prior to my reformulation of this issue no one had suspected that the abnormal emotional-social behaviors observed in the isolation reared or maternal-socially deprived monkeys was due to abnormal brain development and function.
Specifically, I redefined "maternal-social deprivation" as a special case of Somatosensory Affectional Deprivation SAD and identified somesthetic processes body touch and vestibular-cerebellar processes body movement as the two critical emotional senses that define the sensory neuropsychological foundations for maternal-infant affectional bonding.
Sensory deprivation in the other sensory systems vision, hearing, smell and taste do not result in the maternal-social deprivation or SAD syndrome.
My reconceptualization of the maternal-social deprivation syndrome which involved cerebellar-limbic-frontal lobe brain functions was made possible by the pioneering studies of Mason and Mason and Berkson who demonstrated that the isolation rearing of infant monkeys on a "swinging mother" surrogate vestibular-cerebellar stimulation prevented the development of the classic maternal-social SAD syndrome.
This behavioral study opened the "vestibular-cerebellar" gate to brain structures and processes not previously implicated in these emotional-social disorders and represents, p. The implications of the Mason and Berkson "swinging mother surrogate" study for human development is profound but, unfortunately, remains unappreciated despite the fact that its dramatic effects can be seen in the Time Life documentary film "Rock a Bye Baby" Dokecki and which has been one of the most successful documentaries of Time Life.
It is important to emphasize that in terms of SAD theory, the different sensory-emotional systems of the body provide the neuropsychological foundations for different psychological states. Specifically, the vestibular-cerebellar sensory system provides the primary neuropsychological foundation for "Basic Trust"; the somesthetic touch sensory system provides the primary neuropsychological foundation for "Affection"; and the olfactory smell sensory system provides the primary neuropsycholgical foundation for "Intimacy".
All three emotional sensory systems, of course, are involved in the experiencing of "Pleasure" and "Bonding". The absence of any one of these three emotional senses in the development of the infant, e.
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By analogy one cannot form a perception of p. It takes not only three lines but it also requires their combination in specific relationships to one another to form the perceptual gestalt of "triangle".
It is my belief that similar sensory-brain processes are at work developmentally in the formation of affectional bonds; "Basic Trust"; "Affection"; and "Intimacy" which have long term developmental consequences for the development and stability of love relationships. Stated differently, Love is a "Brain Gestalt" where, indeed, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
The failure to integrate pleasure into the higher brain centers associated with "Consciousness" frontal lobes is the principal neuropsychological condition for the expression of violence, particularly sexual violence. Pleasure that is experienced only at the genital-spinal reflex level or limbic level of brain function does not result in the inhibition of sexually exploitative and violent behaviors.
It is at these lower levels of brain processing of sexual pleasure where sado-masochism flourishes Prescott, ; Abnormal brain electrical activity and abnormal neuroanatomy of brain cells abnormal dendrites and dendritic spines were found in somatosensory and motor cerebral neocortex and in cerebellar cortex.
Additionally, a neurosurgical study involving paleocerebellar decortication removal of my hypothesized abnormal paleocerebellar cortical cells due to sensory deprivation in a previously untouchable pathologically adult isolation reared monkey transformed that monkey into a very friendly, inquisitive and touchable monkey.
Berman, Berman and Prescott, Violence is defined by the World Health Organization as "the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation," although the group acknowledges that the inclusion of "the use of.
The Origins of Human Love and Violence James W. Prescott, Ph.D. · Institute of Humanistic Science From Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Volume 10, Number 3: Spring , pp. The initial response of children and many adults to violent media is fear and anxiety (e.g., Cantor, ).When violent stimuli are repeatedly presented in a positive emotional context (e.g., exciting background music, sound effects, visual effects, rewards for violent actions in the game), these initial distressing reactions are reduced.
In early the Surgeon General’s Office of the United States National Institutes of Health announced that for the first time scientific evidence had been assembled from a number of behavioral studies that showed a causal link between the exposure of children to televised violence and their subsequent aggressive behavior.
This module discusses the causes and consequences of human aggression and violence. Both internal and external causes are considered. Effective and ineffective techniques for reducing aggression are also discussed. II. The Role Of Pornography In Undermining Some Males' Internal Inhibitions Against Acting Out The Desire To Rape “The movie was just like a big picture stand with words on it saying ‘go out and do it, everybody's doin' it, even the movies.‘” (Rapist interviewed by Beneke, , p.