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This paper deals with three significant parameters of Pre- and Peri-Natal Psychology from a research perspective. First, the development and function of the CNS is examined with particular emphasis on myelination, audiology, EEG studies and neonatal behaviour. Next, advances in our knowledge of intrauterine learning are reviewed. Lastly, the effect of perinatal trauma on personality development is considered.


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Thomas R. Verny, M.D., D. Psych., F.R.C.P. (C).

Thomas R. Verny, M.D. is president of PPPANA and editor of the PPPJ. He is a psychiatrist in private practice at 36 Madison Ave., Toronto, Ont. M5R 2S1 Canada.

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