Conducted by the Prenatal and Infant Education Institute (PIEI), a preliminary phase of its Cardiac Curriculum clinical study began last December with electronically synthesized, progressively structured heartbeat variants made available-through an audiocassette player transducer on the maternal abdomen-to an in utero infant eight weeks beyond conception and whose initial brain growth spurt was commencing; the volunteer mother of three previous children elected weekly lesson changes as well as two daily application periods of 60 minutes each.
Fetal movement started approximately one month early, with distinct reflex activity (described by the gavida as pleasant, rhythmic \"rolling\") throughout a curricular tape's duration. Both mother and infant appear in excellent health; the projected birthdate is July 1987, to be followed by extensive evaluation.
This event represents the first instance of neurogenetic augmentation by sonoral means in a curricular modality based upon cardiac patterns, for the purpose of moderating normative brain cell expiration shortly before birth through the imprinting process. The project's secondary stage will provide testing across a wider protocol range with additional gravidae.
As reported in the February 12, 1987 Nature, three Stanford researchers have discovered significant numbers of functioning nerve cells in the fetal feline brain which become inactive white matter after birth; while the purpose of these disappearing neurons is unknown, such a finding corresponds with prenatal stimulation theory, holding that excess cellular population parallels spermatic overproduction to insure minimal organismic competence-hence biologic opportunity inviting cultural improvement. Potentially receptive to information (expanded cardiac rhythms applied over sufficient imprinting periods) structured specifically for nascent developmental levels, the supplemented protobrain could retain integrity as part of or scaffold for its adult beneficiary.
The May 1987 Scientific American presents an overview.
Brain Cell Dieoff Survey
PIEI will be querying leading international researchers on their latest understanding of when and to what extent human histogenetic neuronal death transpires, along with the degree environmental factors influence such depletion; information on recessive aspects of early development is being so rapidly generated that a comprehensive update becomes essential. Names and addresses of pertinent individuals would be much appreciated; we presently list about 30.
An article with manifold implications for prenatal enhancement appeared in The Sciences' March/April 1987 issue, \"The Shape of Intelligence\"; Ted L. Petit, University of Toronto, identifies education's origin as follows: \". . . the power of any brain-and thus the intelligence of any individual-is governed by the ability of its neurons to alter their physiology in response to outside stimulation, for that physiological response is, as far as we can tell, the very basis of cognition.\" Alan R. Liss, Inc. is publishing an elaboration: Neuroplasticity: Learning and Memory.
Prenatal Stimulation Goes Public
Various popular publications are allowing the general audience glimpses of in utero learning, beginning with an August 30, 1982 People article on the four Susedik children. Time carried an October 21, 1985 item on David Huang, nine-year-old prenatally accelerated university sophomore, while the same month's Omni piece, \"Making of a Mind,\" quotes Oxford physiologist, Colin Blakemore, referring to brain cell depopulation: \"As many an ninety percent of the connections you see in the adult brain are nonfunctional.\" A December 15, 1986 Newsweek report claims language acquisition to commence in the womb, with the May 1987 Psychology Today (\"Class Before Birth\") offering more evidence of uterine education at work; an expressed concern about overstimulation, however, is not clinically supported if volume levels remain below the peaking maternal blood pulse, recorded hydrophonically at 95 decibels.
ISPPPM Post-Congress Volume
Key presentations from the September 1986 International Society for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPPM) Congress in Badgastein, Austria are due for London publication later this year; a PIEI paper, \"The Ultimate Preventive: Prenatal Stimulation,\" will be included.
IV INTERNATIONAL PPPANA CONGRESS
JUNE 9-12, 1989
The IV International PPPANA Congress will be held in Boston, Massachusetts. Three days prior to and three days following the Congress workshops of various lengths will be offered.
Anyone interested in leading a workshop or giving a paper, please submit a proposal to Congress chairperson, Arnold Buchheimer, Ph.D., 149 Bartlett Ave. #2, Pittsfield, MA 01201, USA.
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