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THE ORIGINS OF PEACE AND VIOLENCE
Deprivation of Physical Affection as a Main Cause of Depression, Aggression and Drug Abuse
|Various scientists have documented the importance of touch, movement, affection and sexual freedom for the development of children and juveniles into healthy and peaceful adults. This archive documents some of these studies. The archive is expanded continually. Please check back soon and, if you like what you find, please pass the word. Want to help? Mail me. New translations are always welcome!|
Rock A Bye BabyThis film, which is available in Real Video format in its entirety, documents the necessity of touching and movement for a healthy infant development. It also documents pioneer research that has shown how infant brain development of premature babies can be improved by using swinging incubators instead of stationary mattresses. A summary of the film, including a comprehensive bibliography, is also online.
Time Life Documentary, 1970, Executive Producer: Lothar Wolff, Scientific Consultant: James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (last modified 2003/11/11).
Translations: German, French, Dutch (summary)
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (1970/1972). Lead Cover Story in The NIH Record on NICHD supported research on child abuse and neglect research, denied by NICHD officials (September 16, 1970); and a story in The NIH Record on Dr. Prescott being awarded the CINE Golden Eagle Award for his role in the Time-Life production of the national and internationally awarded film Rock-A-Bye-Baby (January 4, 1972), which was premiered at the 1970 White House Conference on Children.
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James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Before Ethics and Morality
The Humanist, 1972 (last modified ).
Gene Bylinsky: New Clues To The Causes of ViolenceThis article presents, in an understandable yet accurate manner, research from the seventies on the origins of violence, including the brain research of Heath, Saltzberg, and Reis; the behavioral research of Bandura and Liebert, Harlow's work on isolation-reared monkeys and Prescott's S-SAD theory.
FORTUNE, January 1973, pp. 134-146 (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Body Pleasure and The Origins of ViolenceHighly recommended. This key article presents both the results of the cross-cultural and the neurobiological studies of Dr. Prescott and his team at the NICHD/NIH. The results are astonishing: It appears that "primitive" cultures which subject their infants to physical punishment and/or punish premarital sex are 100% violent (and exhibit some other interesting characteristics), whereas cultures which lavish physical affection on their infants and/or tolerate premarital sex are 100% peaceful. This is causally explained with the brain research on humans and monkeys, where electrical stimulation of the pleasure and aggression / violence centers of the brain would directly inhibit each other. This fundamental relationship is of utmost importance to the understanding of our modern culture.
First published in The Futurist, April 1975, this version from The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists, November 1975, pp. 10-20 (last modified 2004/10/25).
Translations: German, French, Dutch, Spanish
An updated (2005) article to this April 1975 article has been posted in the Technical Section (here below near end of page) that provides new data and historical perspectives on why homo sapiens is the most violent, destructive primate on the planet, which is due to the creation of the neurodissociative brain through early life developmental experiences over the past several millennia. A Politics of Trust cannot be developed with a neurodissociative brain (Jan 06).
ViolenceExamines violence both in tribal and modern societies and explores Dr. Prescott's S-SAD theory.
Mini-documentary by W-5: CTV Toronto, Canada, November 1976. (11 minutes). Consultant: James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (last modified 2003/11/12).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Child Abuse in America: Slaughter of the InnocentsWarning: This article contains photos of abused children on a separate page -- looking at these images may cause serious discomfort. While the abuse depicted on these police photos is certainly much more severe than the corporal punishments and spankings many parents subject their children to, it is clear that these are merely differences in quantity, not in quality. There is no such thing as a "good spanking", physically punishing children gradually conditions them to accept pain in pl ace of pleasure -- and violence in place of peace, as has been shown by research cited in this article and documented on the rest of this site. You may want to visit Project Nospank for further information on the negative effects on spanking, they have compiled an immense amount of research on the subject. This article should act as a reference for showing what physical punishment of children is really about: trauma, injury, death.
Hustler, October 1977 (last modified 2003/11/11).
Riesen, A.H., Dickerson, G.P. and Struble, R.G.: Somatosensory Restriction and Behavioral Development in Stumptail Monkeys.
Annals New York Academy of Science, (1977), 290, 285-294
One of the first documentations of anatomical changes in the primate brain consequent to maternal-infant separation.
Prescott, James W. (1977). Two Photo collages that illustrate the damage inflicted by mother-infant/child separation in human and infrahuman primates which includes self-mutilation and sexual dysfunction; and positive effects of maternal-affection. From http://www.violence.de/prescott/pis/1977paper.pdf Click HERE
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James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Alienation of AffectionA very short summary of Dr. Prescott's research for those who have little time.
Psychology Today, December 1979 (last modified 2003/11/11).
Happy BabiesVideo interviews by Connie Chung with Dr. Prescott and Suzanne Arms.
Evening Magazine with Connie Chung, KPIX-5, San Francisco, CA December 20, 1981 (last modified 2003/11/12).
Lionel Gambill: Can More Touching Lead to Less Violence in Our Society?A very short summary of Dr. Prescott's research for those who have little time.
The Human Touch, January/February 1985, reprinted in The Truth Seeker, March/April 1989. (last modified 2003/11/11).
Walter B. Essman, M.D., Ph.D.: Social Isolation and Brain Chemistry: Understanding Drug Induced BehaviorsSummarizes the effects of social isolation on animal neurology and resulting aggressive behavior.
The Truth Seeker, September/October 1989, p. 13. Only available in image form (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Genital Pain vs. Genital Pleasure: Why The One and Not The Other?This article deals with the problem of male and female genital mutilation and explains it with the fundamental pain/pleasure conditioning that takes place in the mother-childhood bonding phase and in the adolescent sexuality phase.
The Truth Seeker, July/August 1989, pp. 14-21 (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Failure of Pleasure as a Cause of Drug/Alcohol Abuse and Addictions
The Truth Seeker, September/October 1989, pp. 14-20. (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Breastfeeding: Brain Nutrients In Brain Development For Human Love And Peace
Touch The Future Newsletter, Spring 1997 (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Only More Mother-Infant Bonding Can Prevent Cycles of Violence
Cerebrum, Winter 2001 (in edited form) (last modified 2005/05/22).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: America's Lost Dream. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.
The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health. 10th International Congress Birth -- The Genesis of Health. The Cathedral Hill Hotel, December 6-9, 2001. Revised: August 1, 2002 (PDF version, last modified 2004/11/02).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: How Culture Shapes the Developing Brain & the Future of Humanity
Touch The Future Newsletter, Spring 2002 (last modified 2004/11/02).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: The Origins of Love
Byronchild Magazine, Volume 9, March-May 2004 (PDF format, last modified 2004/06/07).
Ann Druyan on PrescottExcerpt from a radio interview with Ann Druyan by Arnell Dowret, about the work of James W. Prescott.
Equal Time for Freethought, WBAI-FM, New York, NY, May 15, 2005.
Naturalism and Body PleasureRadio interview with James W. Prescott by Arnell Dowret.
Equal Time for Freethought, WBAI-FM, New York, NY, January 8, 2006.
Questioning Judeo-Christian MoralityRadio interview with James W. Prescott by Arnell Dowret.
Equal Time for Freethought, WBAI-FM, New York, NY, April 8, 2007.
Technical Conference of Historical Importance: Development Of Violence and Pleasure in Man. Esalen Institute, Big Sur, CA October 10-12, 1969. Sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health; Society For Research In Child Development; and The Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA Los Angeles, CA. HERE (last modified ).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Early Somatosensory Deprivation as an Ontogenetic Process in the Abnormal Development of the Brain and Behavior
I.E. Goldsmith and J. Moor-Jankowski (Eds.): Medical Primatology, pp. 356-375. S. Karger, Basel, New York 1970 (last modified 2003/11/11).
Mary Coleman, M.D.: Platelet Serotonin in Disturbed Monkeys and Children
Clinical Proceedings: Children's Hopsital Washington, D.C., Volume 27, July/August 1971, Number 7, p. 187-194 (last modified 2003/11/11).
Robert G. Heath, D.Sc., M.D.: Pleasure and Brain Activity in Man. Deep and Surface Electroencephalograms During Orgasm
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Volume 154, Number 1 (1972), pp. 3-18. PDF format (6.3 MB) of a grayscale scan, zoom for best quality (last modified 2003/11/11).
A.J. Berman, D. Berman, and James W. Prescott: The Effect of Cerebellar Lesions on Emotional Behavior in the Rhesus Monkey
Irving S. Cooper, Manuel Riklan, Ray S. Snider (Eds.): The Cerebellum, Epilepsy, and Behavior, pp. 277-284. Plenum Press, New York, 1974. Only available in image form (last modified 2003/11/11).
William A. Mason and Gershon Berkson: Effects of Maternal Mobility on the Development of Rocking and Other Behaviors in Rhesus Monkeys: A Study with Artificial Mothers
Developmental Psychobiology, 8(3): pp. 197-211 (1975). PDF format (last modified 2004/10/11).
Clark O. Anderson, Ann McM. Kenney and William A. Mason: Effects of Maternal Mobility, Partner, and Endocrine State on Social Responsiveness of Adolescent Rhesus Monkeys
Developmental Psychobiology, 10(5): pp. 421-434 (1977). PDF format (last modified 2004/12/23).
William A. Mason and M. D. Kenney: Redirection of Filial Attachments in Rhesus Monkeys: Dogs as Mother Surrogates
SCIENCE, 22 March 1974, Volume 183, pp. 1209-121. PDF format (last modified 2004/12/29).
Schwarz, Dietrich W.F. and Frederickson, John M.: Rhesus Monkey Vestibular Cortex: A Bimodal Primary Projection Field
SCIENCE, 14 October 1970, Volume 172, p. 280f
Abstract an Comment by James W. Prescott, Ph.D
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Robert G. Heath, D.Sc., M.D.: Maternal-Social Deprivation and Abnormal Brain Development: Disorders of Emotional and Social Behavior
In: James W. Prescott, M.S. Read, D.B. Coursin (Eds.): Brain Function and Malnutrition: Neuropsychological Methods of Assessment. John Wiley, New York, 1975. Only available in image form (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Somatosensory Deprivation and Its Relationship to the Blind
In: Zofja S. Jastrzembska (Ed.): The Effects of Blindness and Other Impairments on Early Development. The American Foundation for the Blind, New York 1976. PDF format (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Aspects of Human Affectional Development
In: R. Gemme and C.C. Wheeler (Eds.): Progress in Sexology. Proceedings of the 1976 International Congress of Sexology. Plenum Press, New York, 1977. PDF file, 2.7 MB (last modified 2003/12/28).
Bernard Saltzberg: The Detection of Intermittent Transient Patterns of Brain Electrical Activity of Unknown Waveshape
Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference on Engineering in Medicine and Biology, November 5-9, 1977, p. 93. Only available in image form (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Somatosensory Affectional Deprivation (SAD) Theory of Drug and Alcohol Use
In: Dan J. Lettieri, Ph.D., Mollie Sayers and Hellen Wallenstein Pearson (Eds.): Theories on Drug Abuse. Selected Contemporary Perspectives. NIDA Research Monograph 30, March 1980, p.286. Published by the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Drug Abuse. PDF format (last modified 2003/11/11).
Bernard Saltzberg: Noninvasive Detection of Deep Brain Spiking Pathology: Implications for Evaluating the Violent Offender
Presented at the National Academy of Science meeting of the International Research Society on Violence and Aggression, 1977. PDF format (last modified 2003/11/11).
Floeter, M.K. and Greenough, W.T (1979). Cerebellar Plasticity: Modification of Purkinje Cell Structure by Differential Rearing in Monkeys.
Science 206(12): 227-229.
Documents change in morphology of cerebellar Purkinje cells in the primate brain consequent to differences in the social and physical environments during early development. Limitations of study include small sample size (N = 16 distributed among three groups with large variability in anatomical measures); short-term rearing conditions (six months)--longer term rearing conditions would result in enhanced differences; limited cerebellar measures; and insufficient rearing condition differences between single and pair reared groups. Feral reared primates are reared in troops. This writer (JWP) interprets findings supportive of SSAD theory (SomatoSensory Affectional Deprivation) Click HERE for abstract.
Robert G. Heath, D.Sc., M.D.: Gross Pathology of the Cerebellum in Patients Diagnosed and Treated as Functional Psychiatric Disorders
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Volume 167, Number 10 (October 1979), pp. 585-591. PDF format of a 1-bit scan, low quality of tomography reproduction (last modified 2003/11/11).
Heath, Llewellyn and Rouchell: "The Cerebellar Pacemaker for Intractable Behavioral Disorders and Epilepsy: Follow-Up Report"
Biological Psychiatry, Volume 15, Number 2 (1980), pp. 243-256.
(...) The patients who have responded best to the treatment are those with depression, those with behavioral pathology consequent to epilepsy, and those with psychotic behavior consequent to structural brain damage. (...) Twenty-one percent of the patient group displayed structural evidence of cerebellar pathology that was not detected before operation, a finding which suggests that cerebellar damage may induce psychotic behavior. (last modified )
Robert G. Heath, D.Sc., M.D. et al.: Cerebellar Vermal Atrophy in Psychiatric Patients
Biological Psychiatry, Volume 17, Number 5 (1982), pp. 569-583. PDF format of a 1-bit scan, low quality of tomography reproduction (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. PRESCOTT, PH.D. (1989): Profiles of Affectionate (Peaceful) v Non-Affectionate (Violent) Tribal Cultures.
The social-behavioral characteristics of these two kinds of cultures in five categories of societal structure and functioning are listed. These characteristics are all statistically significant and are derived from the 400-culture sample of Textor (1967). All 400 cultures were not rated on all characteristics. (last modified ).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (1990): Affectional Bonding for the Prevention of Violent Behaviors: Neurobiological, Psychological and Religious/Spiritual Determinants.
Chapter 6. In: Violent Behavior. Vol 1. Assessment & Intervention. (Hertzberg, L.J., Ostrum, G.F. and Field, J.R., Eds) PMA Publishing Great Neck, New York. (PDF format).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Sexual Dimorphism in the Developing Human Brain: Evidence from Lateral Skull X-Rays
Presented at the 35th annual meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sex, November 12-15, 1992 (PDF format, last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: The Prescott Report: Part 1
Submitted to Panel: NIH Research On Anti-Social, Aggressive And Violence-Related Behaviors And Their Consequences of the Center For Science Policy Studies, 21 June 1993 (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: The Origins of Human Love and Violence
Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Volume 10, Number 3: Sp/ring 1996, pp. 143-188 (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: The "Bilbray Report"
An American Generation of Suicidal and Homicidal Death of Children and Youth. Comparing Changes in the Suicidal and Homicidal Death Rates from 1979-1997/1980 in Specified Age Groups of 1-4 Years; 5-14 Years and 5-24 Years of Age. Report submitted to Congressman Brian P. Bilbray, March 20 2000. Currently only in Microsoft Word format. (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Breastfeeding Prevents Depression and Suicide
A Preliminary Report. Unpublished. Currently only in ZIP-compressed (7 files) Microsoft Word format (last modified 2003/11/11).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D.: Review of the Book Mother Nature by Blaffer Hrdy
Comprehensive review of Professor Hrdy's book. Published in edited form as Prescott, J.W. (2001). Along the Evolutionary Biological Trail. A review and commentary on Mother Nature: A History of Mothers, Infants, and Natural Selection by Sarah Blaffer Hrdy. Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 15(3):225-232. (last modified ).
James W.Prescott, Ph.D. (2003). Our Two Cultural Brains: Neurointegrative and Neurodissociative that are formed by Pain and Pleasure Life Experiences encoded in the Developing Brain. Click HERE
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Prescott, J.W. (1992): Consequences of Perinatal Trauma - Genital Mutilation / Circumcision - and Somatosensory Affectional Nutrurance Upon the Adult Brain: Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Positon Emission Tomography (PET) Scan Evaluations of Brain Structure and Function.
Draft Research Proposal that describes the rationale and specific brain structures for scanning the genital sensory projection fields of cerebral neocortex and cerebellar cortex and related brain structures to determine structural and functional (fMRI) deficits consequent to genital mutilation. (last modified ).
Cannon, Walter B. (1939): A Law of Denervation. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences. December. The Hughlings Jackson Memorial Lecture, delivered at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Wednesday, April 19, 1939. This essay provides the neurophsiological foundation for the explanation of the long term damage that results from early sensory deprivation trauma. Cannon's Law of Denervation has tragically been overlooked by the neurobehavioral scientists investigating the consequences of early sensory deprivation trauma. Click HERE for additional commentary. (last modified ).
Geoff Der, G David Batty, and Ian J Deary (2006). Effect of breast feeding on intelligence in children: prospective study, sibling pairs analysis, and meta-analysis. BMJ 2006; [ Abstract] [ Full Text] [ Discussion]
The above article on the failure to find any connection between breastfeeding and Intelligence resulted in a number of critical letters to this study including one by Dr. Prescott. These letters can be found HERE or at the above website where Dr. Prescott has reinforced the necessity for breastfeeding for 2.5 years or longer to optimize brain-behavioral development. (last modified ).
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2006). Breastfeeding and Intelligence Not Demonstrated - Rapid Response. BMJ, October 27, 2006. http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/333/7575/0
Dario Maestriperi, J. Dee Higley, Stephen G. Lindell, Timorthy K. Newman, Kali M. McCormack, Mar M. Sanchez (2006). Early Maternal Rejection Affects the Development of Monoaminergic Systems and Adult Abusive Parenting in Rhesus Macaques. Behavioral Neuroscience 120(5):1017-1024 [ Full Text]
This study documents that infant neglect and abuse results in long-term brain neurotransmitter dysfunction, as measured by serotonin metabolite (5-HIAA); dopamine metabolite (HVA); and norepinephrine metabolite (MHPG), which mediate the aberrant emotional-behaviors observed. "Among the cross-fostered females, suggesting that the association between low-5-HIAA concentration and the probability of displaying abusive parenting is not inherited but may be the result of early experience" (pp 1022-1023).
Dario Maestriperi, Kali M. McCormack ,J., Stephen G. Lindell, J. Dee Higley , Mar M. Sanchez (2006). Influence of parenting style on the offspring's behavior and CSF monoamine metabolite levels in crossfostered and noncrossfostered female rhesus macaques. Behavioral Brain Research 175:90-95 [ Full Text]
"We investigated the association between variation in parenting style and the offspring's behavior and CSF monoamine metabolite (5-HIAA, HVA, and MHPG) levels in rhesus monkeys...Taken together, these findings suggest that individual differences in anxiety and fearfulness in young rhesus monkeys are accounted for, at least in part, by variation in CSF levels of monoamine metabolites, and that the development of brain monoamine systems, particularly, serotonin, can be affected by early exposure to variable maternal behaviour"..."On the other hand, maternal effects could also be a mechanism through which behavioral pathologies are transmitted across generations (e.g. infant abuse;" (p.95).
James W. Prescott (2007). Letter to Dr. Zerhouni, Director, NIH objecting to the use of circumcision to control infectious HIV/AIDS (January 22). The lack of controls for personal genital hygiene was one of many reasons cited for the false rush to judgement for a surgical solution to an infections disease problem, a return to the days when circumcision was proposed as a solution to the many ills created by masturbation. Click HERE
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James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2007): BREASTFEEDING BONDING FOR 2.5 YEARS OR LONGER: PREVENTING DEPRESSION, SUICIDE AND VIOLENCE.
An integrative essay that lists the tribal cultures in the breastfeeding studies; the essential amino acid requirements for infant/child health published in the Merck Manual; and listing of the 15 most and least violent States where 82% of States that sanctions violence against children also had the highest rape rates. Pain and pleasure shape the developing brain for peace or violence. (last modified ).
James W. Prescott (2007). A brief overview from several selected scientific works with supporting data which provides the neurobiological foundations for a limbic-cerebellar-frontal cortical system that mediates the SSAD syndrome and its opposite of a neurointegrative brain that mediates peaceful, egalitarian behaviors. Click HERE
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Prescott, J.W. (2009). Infant/Child Mortality Rates Predicts Homicide and Not Suicide with Increasing Predictability from 1930 to 1960. Studies by this author have documented that 15-25 percent of homicides can be predicted from the infant mortality rates of the 1940s, whereas as much as 25-75% of homicides can be predicted from the infant mortality rates of the late fifties and sixties. This is to say that more and more homicidal factors are involved in our infant mortality rates of the late 1950s and 1960s than in the 1940s. (Prescott,1979). Click HERE for documentation. (last modified ).
PRESCOTT RESEARCH DENIED: 1977-79. The following NICHD internal Memorandum document a history of conflict with Norman Kretchmer, M..D., Director, NICHD and Acting Director, CMRC Betty H. Pickett, PH.D. concerning Dr. Prescott's prior approved research on child abuse and neglect, developmental origins of violence, infant mortality and homicide and the failure of culture to support high maternal-infant/child affectional bonding. Click HERE
Prescott J.W. (2010) Breastfeeding Prevents Infant Mortality. An update based upon the Final Data on Infant Mortality by the CDC For 2004. Deficient Breastfeeding Predicts Infant Mortality. 90% (9/10) States With Less Than 15% of Children Breastfeeding At 12 Months Have Highest Infant Mortality Rates and 83% (10/12) States With Greater Than 25% of Children Breastfeeding At 12 Months Have Lowest Infant Mortality Rates. Infant Mortality can be prevented by breastfeeding. The Health Goal for America should be 100% of Mothers should be breastfeeding or providing breastmilk to 12 months of age" Click HERE
James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2009). A Consolidation of Statistical Tables that summarize the statistical relationships and the naming of tribal cultures which document the relationships between MATERNAL Baby carrying and permitted youth sexuality with lack of violence; and the weaning age of the culture (2.5 years or greater) with absent or low suicides among these cultures.
INFANT PHYSICAL AFFECTION PREDICTS VIOLENCE AND NON-VIOLENCE IN 80% (39/49) OF THE 49 TRIBAL CULTURES THAT ARE DISTRIBUTED THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
HIGH MATERNAL-INFANT PHYSICAL AFFECTIONAL BONDING (BABY-CARRYING) AND PERMITTED YOUTH SEXUALITY PREDCTS WITH 100% ACCURACY THE PEACEFUL OR VIOLENT NATURE OF THE 49 Tribal CULTURES.
77% (20/ 26) CULTURES WHERE WEANING AGE IS 2.5 YEARS OR GREATER ARE ABSENT/ LOW SUICIDAL CULTURES.
82% (14/17) CULTURES WITH WEANING AGE 2.5 YRS AND GREATER SUPPORT YOUTH SEX HAVE LOW SUICIDES.
86 % (31/36) OF ABSENT/ LOW SUICIDE CULTURES HAVE WEANING AGE OF 30 MONTHS OR GREATER
List of High Suicide Tribal Cultures With Weaning Age
List of Low Suicide Tribal Cultures With Weaning Age
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James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2009). STOP THE GLOBAL KILLING OF INFANTS AND CHILDREN: A CENTER FOR GLOBAL NONKILLING (CGNK) PROPOSAL, which was based on a CGNK Neuroscience Exploratory Colloquium held in Philadelphia, PA on 27-28 July 2009-- http://www.nonkilling.org ; and is posted so that all members of the Neuroscience Exploratory Colloquium can have access to this document. Click HERE
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James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2009). Letter to Dr. Collins (19 July) which reviews the history of research on violence at the NIH where only 0.5% of the total NIH budget is committed to violence research despite the fact that violence is the greatest mental and social health problem of this nation which threatens the survival of homo sapiens. Evidence was submitted that sexual dimorphism exists between the frontal lobes and cerebellum and that the NIH Human Connectome Project undertake a study of these difference in an expanded study on human violence. This study would reveal the extent that the neurodissociative brain is the principal underlying cause of violence--a neurodissociative behavior. No reply has been received from Dr. Collins, as of this date. 10.20.09
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James W. Prescott, Ph.D. (2005): Prevention Or Therapy And The Politics of Trust: Inspiring a New Human Agenda.
This is a preprint of an article published in: Psychotherapy and Politics International (2005) 3(3):194-211, Copyright 2005. Copyright John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. http://www.interscience.wiley.com
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Prescott, J.W. (2010) Statistical graphs showing the high correlations between infant/child mortality and homicide for the Fifty States and for the years 1930-1968. Here (PDF)
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Prescott J.W. (2010) A 2004 Map by the Center For Disease Control On Breastfeeding with a superimposition of Infant Mortality data for the Year 2004 with the principle findings by this author.
90% (9/10) States With Less Than 15% of Children Breastfeeding At 12 Months Have Highest Infant Mortality Rates
83% (10/12) States With Greater Than 25% of Children Breastfeeding At 12 Months Have Lowest Infant Mortality Rates
Breastfeeding Bonding prevents infant mortality and future violence.
INFANT/CHILD HOMICIDE, BREASTFEEDING BONDING AND PARENTAL CARE http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/eletters/126/3/592
Click HERE For CDC BREASTFEEDING MAP AND HERE FOR STATE RANKS INFANT MORTALITY
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The neural pathways and structures of SSAD theory are outlined in this section. Excerpts from the basic paper by Prescott (1970) are presented. The pioneering studies of Heath (1971) with his graphic model of neural pathways and brain structures are illustrated.
Neural Pathways and Structures in SSAD Theory
The comparative anatomy of frontal cortex and thalamofrontal connections provided by Akert (1964) document connections between Medialis Dorsalis (MD) and frontal cortex, specifically, the tripartite structure of MD where Pars Magnocellularis thalamic projections defines the frontal orbital cortex Berman, Berman and Prescott (1974) documented that paleocerebellar decortication but not neocerebellar decortication transformed an adult pathologically violent mother deprived monkey into a peaceful, social and inquisitive monkey. The paleocerebellum has primary connections with the brain stem and limbic system; the neocerebellum with the cerebral neocortex.
The recent commentaries on What happens when the brain is stimulated in order to treat persistent depression? by members of the Society For Neuroscience to my Posting: Brain Stimulation to treat depression and violence by activating Pleasure have been extensively studied by Dr. Robert G. Heath, Chairman Department of Psychiatry and Neurology, Tulane University Medical School, New Orleans. His findings can be found at
Prescott, J.W. (2013, May 11.) Defense of Robert G.. Heath, M.D., Sc.D. Before the Society for Neuroscience
Brain Pleasure Systems Inhibit Brain Violence Systems
Robert G. Heath, D.Sc., M.D.: Pleasure and Brain Activity in Man. Deep and Surface Electroencephalograms During Orgasm
The commentaries are incomprehensible coming from the new generation of neuroscientists: e.g.: Click HERE
Prescott, J.W. (1971). Sensory Deprivation vs Sensory Stimulation During Early Development: A Comment on Berkowitz's Study. Journal of Psychology., 1971, 77:189-191.
2014: NICHD Chronology. Child Abuse/Neglect & Violence Research: 1962, Oct 17: PL 87-838 -- April 11, 1980.
Chronology of NICHD Research Activities on Child Abuse and Neglect, established by an Act of Congress (PL 87-838), on October 17, 1962 to its termination on April 11, 1980 by the unlawful termination of Dr. James W. Prescott, as Health Scientist Administrator, Developmental Behavioral Program, NICHD who created and led the Child Abuse Research Program, NICHD is provided for those who are interested in why child abuse/ neglect and violence continues today as "one of the most extensive and chronic epidemics in the Public Health of this country." (Surgeon General Koop, October 26, 1982). http://ttfuture.org/blog/1181/another-failed-mother-infant-bond
Chronology: NICHD Child Abuse/Neglect and Violence Research 1962-1980
Prescott, J.W. (2014). Letter of 6.6.13 to Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D. Editor-in-Chief New England Journal of Medicine concerning Rocking Bassinets for premature infants in the .I.C.U that dramatizes Dr, Neals health benefits of rocking stimulation of prematures portrayed in the Time Life documentary Rock a Bye Baby, which was premiered at the 1970 White House Conference on Children. https://vimeo.com/69200952
It was urged that Rocking Bassinets be established in all I.C.Us Copies of the letter were sent to Dr, Collins, Director, NIH and to Dr. Guttmacher, Director, NICHD with no response from them or Dr. Drazen. 21 March 2014.
Letter of 6.6.13 to Jeffrey M. Drazen, M.D.
Prescott, J.W. (2014, 8 May). Noninvasive Detection of Brain Spiking Pathology: Predicting and Evaluating the Violent Offender: An Appeal to the White House Office of Science and Technology
Research breakthroughs have been made in identifying a signature of brain pathology (septal spiking) associated with violent behavior that is produced by sensory deprivation of physical affectional bonding in the mother-infant relationship. These early events are characteristic of mass killers - commonly described as mentally ill - which are an increasing threat to modern societies and who have escaped early screening and identification.
This research breakthrough was made possible by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) under contract No. 43-681412 that was established in 1968 with Tulane University Medical School to identify brain signatures of impaired brain development in various "at risk" populations.
Tragically, the non-invasive detection of subcortical septal spiking, an indicator of brain impairment, has yet to be documented in abused and mother-deprived children and in pathologically violent offenders.
It has been well established that the sensory deprivation of Mother Love results in aberrant brain development in the infrahuman primate where "septal spiking" (electrical storms in the subcortical emotional centers of the brain) and cerebellar abnormalities characterize and mediate the psychotic rage of adult maternally deprived primates that has tragically been ignored by the NIH and biomedical community.
https://vimeo.com/71761209 - 2 Min
https://vimeo.com/69200952 - 9 Min
Heath, R. G. (l975): Maternal-social deprivation and abnormal brain development: Disorders of emotional and social behavior. In Brain Function and Malnutrition: : Neuropsychological Methods of Assessment (Prescott, J.W., Read, M.S., & Coursin, D.B., Eds). John Wiley New York. http://www.violence.de/heath/bfm/article.html
Berman, A.J., Berman, D. & Prescott, J.W. (1974). The effect of cerebellar lesions on emotional behavior in the rhesus monkey. In: The Cerebellum, Epilepsy and Behavior. (Cooper, I.S., Riklon, M.V. & Snider, R.S. (Eds) Plenum, NY http://www.violence.de/berman/article.html
The continuing failure of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Human Development (NICHD) to acknowledge their own supported research has prompted this writer to write Dr. John Holdren, Policy Director, White House Office of Science and Technology to tale the initiative in evaluating the merit of Noninvasive Detection 0f Brain Spiking Pathology, as evidenced in: http://www.violence.de/saltzberg/1980paper.pdf
The letter to Dr. Holdren, dated 8 May 2014 can be found HERE
The letter to Dr. Collins, Director, NiH, dated 9 May 2014 cam be found HERE reviews the history of the NIH to act upon these scientific breakthroughs.
The letter to Dr. Collins, Director, NIH, dated 11 July 2013 can be seen HERE
The letter to Senator Barbara A. Mikulski Chairwoman, Committee on Senate Appropriations. Dated 8 May 2014, apprizing her of these actions can be seen HERE
This writer, as of this date, has received no responses to these letters.
N.B. NEURAL PATHWAYS AND STRUCTURES IN SSAD THEORY. http://www.violence.de/prescott/letters/Neural_Pathways.pdf
Erik Möller and colleagues, 1998-2004. Please mail me if you have found errors, want to offer translations or know of additional material that should be added.
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