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Early Life Events

This section of the library provides resources that describe our increasing understanding of the role of environmental factors in shaping the nervous system. Because the nervous system communicates with and regulates all other organ systems in the body, factors that affect the nervous system's capacity to perform these functions have an impact on our capacity for health as well as our risk for disease.

Early experiences that are particularly influential in shaping the nervous system include stress and the relationship we have with our parents and caregivers, particularly from pregnancy until approximately three years of age. The brain, however, continues to develop and to be influenced by its environment through adolescence and into adulthood.

The Prenatal and Perinatal Period
Klaus, M. H., & Kennell, J. H. (1976). Maternal-infant bonding. St. Louis: Mosby.

Mead, V. (2003). Environmental factors affecting the nervous system and health: the prenatal and perinatal period. Excerpt from Master's Thesis.14 p.   Abstract   Download PDF (210K).

Mead, V. (2004). Origins of chronic illness: the early environment.     View or Download PDF (110K) of excerpt from published article.

Nathanielsz, P. (1999). Life in the womb. Ithaca, NY: Promethean.

National Research Council and Institute of Medicine. (2000). From neurons to neighborhoods: the science of early childhood development. National Academy Press.

Verny, T. R. (2002). Tomorrow's baby: the art and science of parenting from conception through infancy. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Verny, T. V., & Kelly, J. (1988). The secret life of the unborn child. New York: Dell.

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The Attachment Period (age 2 months to 3 years)
Schore, A. N. (1994). Affect regulation and the origin of the self: the neurobiology of emotional development. Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.
This book establishes a clear relationship between the attachment bond and nervous system development during the first three years of life. A highly detailed scientific work citing over 2000 references, integrating data from research in developmental physiology and psychology, and neurobiology, among others.
Brief summary of some of Schore's book - Mead, V. 2003 Thesis Excerpt 22 p.   Download PDF (400K).



Mead, V. (2003). Environmental factors affecting the nervous system and health: the role of early relationships. Excerpt from Master's Thesis. 22 p.   Download PDF (400K).

An indepth summary of Allan Schore's research on the relationship between the attachment bond and nervous system development during the first three years of life.

Links
APPPAH, Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health
APPPAH Resources and References

Fetal Programming:
University of Jena, Germany
Books: Life in the Womb



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