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James W. Prescott, Ph. D.

Address: James W. Prescott, Ph.D.
1140-17 Savannah Road
Lewes, DE 19958
Speciality Disciplines: Developmental Neuropsychology; Psychophysiology; Cross-Cultural Psychology; Health Psychology; Quantitative Methods.

Speciality Fields of Interest: Research Design and Evaluation Protocols; Seminars and Workshops on Developmental Depression and Violence, particularly, Child Abuse and Neglect and Sexual Violence; Substance Abuse; Sensory-Emotional System Processes, particularly, S-SAD (Somato-Sensory Affectional Deprivation), in Illness Development and Rehabilitation-Prevention Psychophysiology; Brain Processes in Emotional Health; Psychophysiology of Moral Development in Health and Disease; Forensic Psychology in identifying "Dangerousness".


B.S. Psychology (1956), Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
M.S. Psychology (1957), New Mexico Highlands University, Las Vegas, New Mexico
Ph.D.Psychology (1964), McGill University, Montreal, P.Q. Canada


  1. President: Maryland Psychological Association (1971-1972)
  2. CINE Golden Eagle Award: for contributions, as Scientific Director, Time Life Documentary Film, "Rock A Bye Baby" (1971)
  3. The 55th Annual Packard Lecture: The Philadelphia Pediatric Society (1971)
  4. State-Of-The-Science Address: Eastern Psychological Association (1975)
  5. Outstanding Contributions To Psychology Award: Highest Award of the Maryland Psychological Association (1977)
  6. Visiting Scholar: Wesleyan University, College of Science In Society (1978)
  7. Distinguished Science Address: American Psychiatric Association (1983)


1956 Milwaukee County Mental Hospital
1956-57 Children's Guidance Center and State School for Boys, Las Vegas and Springer, New Mexico
1957 Scripps Institute of Oceanography, Visibility Laboratory, University of California, La Jolla, California (Military Research)
1957-59 Military Service, Department of Army: Human Resources Research Office, Presidio of Monterey, Monterey, California (Military Operations Research)
1959-61 Doctoral Student, McGill University, Montreal, P.Q. Canada; Psychophysiological and psychopharmacological research at Verdun Protestant Hospital (now Douglas Hospital), the largest mental health hospital in Quebec.
1961-62 Psychopharmacological and Psychophysiological Research: NIMH Psychopharmacology Research Branch; Department of Psychiatry, George Washington University Medical School
1963-66 Assistant Head, Physiological Psychology Research Branch, Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC.
1966-80 Health Scientist Administrator, Developmental Behavioral Biology Program, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health
1980-pres President, BioBehavioral Systems & Director, Institute of Humanistic Science


  1. Psychiatry Grand Rounds and First Annual Graduate Student Public Lecture: "Psychobiology of Asocial Behavior", University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, Texas, March 1971
  2. The 55th Annual Packard Lecture. "The Sensuous Infant." The Philadelphia Pediatric Society. December 7, 1971.
  3. Adjunct Professor, Union Graduate School For Experimenting Colleges and Universities, Antioch College, 1973-
  4. Invited Medical Guest Lectures, George Washington University Medical School, 1970-77
  5. Invited Medical Guest Lectures, Temple University Medical School, 1970-73
  6. Grand Rounds. "Behavioral Mismanagement of Newborns: Impact of Social Isolation and Sensory Deprivation". Childrens Hospital. National Medical Center, September 9, 1976
  7. Invited Medical Guest Lecture, "Developmental Neuropsychobiology of Hyperactivity and Emotional Alienation in Children", Department of Psychiatry, University of Auckland Medical School, New Zealand. December 3, 1976
  8. Doctoral Candidate Advisor, Fairleigh Dickerson University 1977-1979
  9. Acting Dean of Academic Affairs, International University of Nutrition Education
    Chula Vista, CA 1991-1992
  10. Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics (External Faculty)
    University of California Medical School, San Diego 1990 to present


  1. American Association for the Advancement of Science
  2. American Psychological Association; APA Task Force on Rights of Children and Youth (1975-1977)
  3. American Psychological Foundation: National Media Awards Committee
  4. (Member, 1972-1977; Chair, 1977)
  5. The American College of Sexologists, 1979-
  6. Psi Chi; Sigma XI
  7. Maryland Academy of Sciences
  8. Maryland Psychological Association: Chairman, Legislative Committee, 1967-1969; President-elect, 1970-1971; President, 1971-1972.
  9. Eastern Psychological Association; Member, Program Committee, 1974-1976; Chairman, Program Committee, 1976; Board of Directors (ex officio), 1976
  10. Psychophysiology: (Associate Editor, 1966-67: Consulting Editor, 1967-72).
  11. Society for Biological Psychiatry
  12. Society for Research in Child Development
  13. Society for Psychophysiological Research
  14. Society for Neuroscience
  15. Society for the Scientific Study of Sex
  16. Society for Cross-Cultural Research
  17. International Society for the Study of Aggression


  1. Board of Directors, American Humanist Association (1968-1975)
  2. President, National Capital Humanist Association 1963-1964
  3. Board of Trustees, Washington Ethical Society 1966-1967
  4. Sunday School Teacher, Washington Ethical Society 1972-1973
  5. Advisory Board, The National Center for the Study of Corporal Punishment
  6. President, Humanist Fellowship of San Diego (1988-1991)


  1. 1967-1968. Maryland House of Delegates. Member, House Judiciary Subcommittee on Abortion Reform (by appointment).
  2. June 26, 1974. United States Senate. Testimony: Committee on The Judiciary, Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments: Abortion. Senator Birch Bayh, Chairman, Ninety-third Congress, Second Session on S.J. Res. 119 and S.J. Res. 130, pp. 408-439.
  3. November 17, 1977. The State of Texas House of Representatives. Testimony: House Select Committee on Child Pornography, its Related Causes and Control. Ralph Wallace, Chairman. San Antonio, Texas.
  4. April 11, 1978. Senate of Canada. Testimony: Standing Senate Committee on Health Welfare and Science. Subcommittee on Childhood Experiences as Causes of Criminal Behavior. Senator Fred A. McGrand, Chairman, Ottawa, Canada. Issue No. 15, pp. 1-34.
  5. January 30, 1981. California Commission on Crime Control and Violence Prevention. Testimony: Developmental Cultural Biology and The Origins of Violent and Peaceful Behaviors: Cypress Community College. Cypress, California.
  6. April 27, 1983. United States Senate. Testimony: Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, and Human Services-Education. The Honorable Lowell Weicker, Jr. Chairman, on: "Federal Research On The Causes and Consequences of Child Abuse, Neglect and Violence.
  7. May 10, 1983. United States House of Representatives. Testimony: Appropriations Sub-Committee on Labor-Health and Human Services, Education. The Honorable William H. Natcher Chairman. On: Federal Research On The Causes and Consequences of Child abuse, Neglect and Violence.


  1. Member, Day Care Licensing Advisory and Study Committee. Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (1972-1974).
  2. Member, Committee on Informed Consent. Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 1974-1975.
  3. Member, Task Force on Parenting. Maryland State Department of Education. 1975-1976.
  4. Member, Advisory Committee on Child Abuse, Maryland State Department of Human Resources. 1975-1976.


  1. W-5, CTV Toronto, Canada. "Violence" November 1976.
  2. PBS; KTEH: "Child Abuse" San Jose, CA April 1980
  3. Phil Donahue--NBC Today Show, May 26, 1981
  4. Gary Collins Show, Hour Magazine, KTLA-5; Los Angeles. September 7, 1981
  5. Gary Collins Show, Hour Magazine. KTLA-5; Los Angeles, Nov/Dec 1981
  6. Nancy Graham Show, All The People, KTVY-2, Oakland, CA December 11, 1981
  7. Evening Magazine with Connie Chung; "Happy Babys": KPIX-5; San Francisco, CA December 20, 1981
  8. Merv Griffin Show. Los Angeles "Violence": March 4, 1983; and Washington, D.C. March 6, 1983.


  1. White House Conference on Children. Delegate, American Humanist Association. 1971.
  2. CINE Golden Eagle Award, for contributions as Scientific Director, Time Life Documentary Film: "Rock A Bye Baby" November 1971.
  3. The 55th Annual Packard Lecture, "The Sensuous Infant." The Philadelphia Pediatric Society, December 7, 1971.
  4. First Annual Graduate Student Public Lecture: "Psychobiology of Asocial Behavior"; and Psychiatry Grand Rounds. University of Texas Medical School, San Antonio, Texas. March 1971.
  5. Distinguished Address. "The Vestibular-Cerebellar Neuraxis in the Regulation of Emotional Behaviors". San Diego Biomedical Symposium. February 8, 1974.
  6. Invited Address: "Developmental Origins of Child Abuse: Cross-Cultural and Neuropsychological Perspectives". Boston Interfaculty Seminars on Child Abuse. Sponsored by the Kennedy Institute of Politics. Harvard University. February 12, 1974.
  7. State-of-the-Science Address: "The Role of Physical Pleasure in the Development of Moral Behaviors: Towards A Science of Humanism". Eastern Psychological Association, 46th Annual Meeting, New York, April 3, 1975.
  8. Grand Rounds: "Behavioral Mismanagement of Newborns: Impact of Social Isolation and Sensory Deprivation". Children's Hospital. National Medical Center. September 9, 1976.
  9. Invited Address: "Phylogenetic and Ontogenetic Aspects of Human Affectional Development". International Congress of Sexology. Montreal, P.Q., Canada. October 31, 1976.
  10. Invited Address: "Developmental Neuropsychobiology of Hyperactivity and Emotional Alienation in Children". Department of Psychiatry. University of Auckland Medical School. New Zealand. December 3, 1976.
  11. Invitational Lectures: Australian National Conference on Alternative Healing; and "Down To Earth Festival". Sponsored by the Honorable Dr. James Cairns, former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. December 9-20, 1976.
  12. Invited Seminar. "Neuropsychobiological and Cross-Cultural Studies of the Developmental Origins of Human Violence. Department of Anthropology, Research School of Pacific Studies, Australian National University, December 17, 1976. Sponsored by Professor Derek Freeman.
  13. Outstanding Contributions To Psychology Award. Highest Award of the Maryland Psychological Association. Conferred by vote of the membership. April 1977.
  14. Commencement Address: "The Future of Human Rights." Department of Psychology. State University of New York. Stony Brook. May 22, 1977.
  15. Invited Address: "A Culture of Violence: Philosophical, Religious and Psychosocial Foundations". Second World Congress. International Society on Family Law. June 16, 1977. Montreal, P.Q. Canada.
  16. Keynote Address: "Body Pleasure and the Origins of Violence: A Humanist Alternative." The International Transactional Analysis Association. 15th Annual Summer Conference. San Francisco, CA August 10, 1977.
  17. Invited Address: "The Developmental Origins of Human Violence: A Humanistic Perspective." 1977 Annual Joint Meeting: Maryland Psychological Association and Maryland Psychiatric Society. Sheppard-Pratt Hospital. Baltimore. Maryland. December 8, 1977.
  18. Invited Lecture: "Biological, Cultural and Religious Determinants of Human Alienation and Sexual Violence": The Institute For The Advanced Study of Human Sexuality. San Francisco, CA February 6, 1978.
  19. Hearings On Incarcerated Children: Auspices of Children's Cultural Foundation. National Coalition for Children's Justice. Childrens Embassy/Day Care and Child Development Council of America; and Children's Express. Robert Clampitt, Director of Hearings. Washington, D.C., March 29, 1978.
  20. Visiting Scholar: Wesleyan University. College of Science in Society. Academic Lecture: "Moral Revolution: The Decline and Fall of Patriarchy and Monotheism". April 3-7, 1978.
  21. Inaugural Address: "Human Reconstruction: The Missing Link In Our Quest For Liberty and Equality". The Oakland Forum. Oakland Museum. Oakland, CA April 17, 1978.
  22. Eric Berne Seminar: "Nurturance and The Supernatural: Characteristics of Matrilineal and Patrilineal Cultures". International Transactional Analysis Association. San Francisco, CA April 18, 1978.
  23. Invited Address: "Why Men Dehumanize Woman: Patriarch, Dualism and Monotheism Revisited". Western Psychological Association Annual Meeting. San Francisco, CA. April 21, 1978.
  24. Inaugural Address: Margaret Sanger Lectureship Series. "The Role of Physical Pleasure In the Development of Moral Behaviors". Planned Parenthood of Monmouth County. Shewsbury, NJ. April 27, 1978.
  25. Keynote Address: "Human Inequalities As A Consequence of Moral Values: Science, Religion and Galileo Revisited". Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Annual Convention. November 16, 1978. Minneapolis, MN.
  26. Invited Address: The Role of Science In Moral Development". Planned Parenthood of Minnesota Board of Directors Dinner Meeting. November 16, 1978. Minneapolis, MN.
  27. Invited Address: The Quadrune Brain: Cerebellar Regulation of Emotional Behaviors. European Seminar on Developmental Neurology. Institute fuer Kindesentwicklung, GmbH. Hamburg, Germany. February 14-17, 1983.
  28. Invited Address: Developmental Origins of Violence: Psychobiological, Cross-cultural and Religious Perspectives. American Psychiatric Association. 136th Annual Meeting. May 4, 1983. New York.
  29. Invited Address: Scientific Foundations For A New Morality of Pain and Pleasure in Human Relationships: An Agenda For Violence Prevention and World Peace. Society For general Systems Research. 30th Annual Meeting May 26-30, 1986. University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.


  1. Computer and Psychobiology Workshop (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Monterey, CA. Sponsored by: Office of Naval Research and Stanford Research Institute. May 1966.
  2. Development of Violence and Pleasure In Man. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). Esalen Institute. Big Sur, CA October 10-12,1969.
  3. EEG Signal Analysis Workshop. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). Society for Psychophysiological Research Annual Meeting. Monterey, CA. October 7-9, 1969.
  4. Neuropsychological Methods For The Assessment of Impaired Brain Function In The Malnourished Child. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and U.S.-Japan Co-operative Medical Science Program. Palo Alto, CA 1969.
  5. Neural-Behavioral Ontogeny of Violent-Aggressive and Autistic-Depressive Disorders. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman. Third Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research. Snowmass at Aspen, CO. January 1970.
  6. Conference on Unusual Current Social Behavior. (F. Gentry Harris, Chairman) San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. December 1970.
  7. Descriptors of Electrophysiology of Brain Function: Criteria for The Evaluation of Intellective-Cognitive Functions. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). Third Winter Conference on Brain Function. Snowmass at Aspen, CO. January 1970.
  8. Developmental Origins of Violence (presentation of Time Life Documentary: "Rock A Bye Baby"). In: AAAS General Science Symposia: Crime, Violence and Social Control (Joseph F. Coates, Chairman). American Association For The Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il. December 26-31, 1970.
  9. Developmental Research and Public Policy. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). Society For Research In Child Development. Minneapolis, MN. March 1971.
  10. Cerebellar Ontogeny. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). Fourth Annual Winter Conference On Brain Research. Snowmass at Aspen, CO. January 1971.
  11. The Cerebellum As A Regulatory Machine. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). Fourth Annual Winter Conference On Brain Research. Snowmass at Aspen, CO. January 1971.
  12. The Harlow Memorial Symposium. (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). American Psychological Association Annual Meeting. Honolulu, HA. September 1972.
  13. The Comprehensive Child Development Act of 1971 (J.W. Prescott, Chairman). The Johns Hopkins University Medical School. December 9, 1971.
  14. Neonatal Somatosensory Deprivation and Abnormal Neurological and Behavioral Development. Symposium: "The Physiological and Neurophysiological Aspects of Social Attachment. (W. Horsely Gantt, Moderator). The Pavlovian Society of North America. Charlottesville, VA. October 1971.
  15. Somatosensory Deprivation and The Pleasure Principle: Neurobiological and Cross- Cultural Perspectives of Sexual, Sadistic, and Affectional Behaviors. Society of Biological Psychiatry. Dallas, TX April 1972.
  16. Human Affection, Violence and Sexuality: A Developmental and Cross-Cultural Perspective. Society for Cross-Cultural Research. Philadelphia, PA. Feb 16-18, 1973.
  17. Child Abuse and Child Care: Some Cross-Cultural and Anthropological Perspectives. (with Cathy McKay): National Conference on Child Abuse. June 7-9, 1973. Washington, D.C.
  18. Pleasure and Pain: Paths Toward Peace or Violence. (with Cathy Pisanic). Symposium: Cross Cultural Perspectives on Powser and Conflict. (Dorian Sweetser, Chairperson). Society for Cross-Cultural Research. Boston, MA. February 22-24, 1974.
  19. Annual Mental Health Training Seminar for Indian Health Officials (Guest Seminar-Workshop Leader). Indian Health Service. Oklahoma City, OK. May 13-14, 1976.
  20. Vestibular Stimulation as Therapy for Emotional Disturbances in the Mentally Retarded". In: Symposium: "The Mental Health of Retarded Children" (Martin Miller, Moderator). American Association on Mental Deficiency. 100th Annual Meeting, Chicago, Il. June 2, 1976.
  21. Developmental Sociobiology and the Origins of Aggressive Behavior. (J.W. Prescott and Douglas Wallace). XXIst International Congress of Psychology. July 18-25, 1976. Paris, France. (Presented by Dr. Dalmas Taylor).
  22. Open Forum: Corporal Punishment of Children in the Schools (J.W. Prescott, Chair). American Psychological Association Task Force on Rights of Children and Youth. American Psychological Association, 84th Annual Convention. September 3-7, 1976. Washington, D.C.
  23. Somatosensory Deprivation and Therapies In Emotionally Disturbed Children". IN: Symposium "Somatosensory Experiences in Infancy and Childhood: Implications for Later Development" (Betty P. Broadhurst, Chair). American Association For The Advancement of Science, 143rd National Meeting, Denver, CO February 24, 1977.
  24. Child and Youth Development: An Overview: Maternal and Child Health Seminars (1977- 1978). Robert ten Bensel, M.D., Chairman. School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, MN. October 13, 1977.
  25. Maternal Social Deprivation: Issues in Cultural Biology. Seminar: Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Hygiene and Public Health. The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD February 15, 1978.
  26. Role of Pain and Pleasure In The Development of Destructive Behaviors: A Psychometric Study of Parenting, Sexuality, Substance Abuse and Criminality (with Douglas Wallace). In: Colloquium On The Correlates of Crime and Determinants of Criminal Behavior (M.E. Wolfgang, Chair). Center For The Study of Crime Correlates and Criminal Behavior, LEAA Washington, D.C. March 30-31.
  27. Morality of Pain and Pleasure In Human Relationships. In: Symposium On Philosophy, Religion and Sexuality (Robert Francouer, Chair) Eastern Regional Meeting, Society For The Scientific Study of Sex. Atlantic City, NJ. April 27-30, 1978.
  28. Ethical Implications of Health Care Services For Infants and Children: Are Medical Professionals Listening? Association For The Care of Children In Hospitals. 13th Annual Conference. June 5-8, 1978, Washington, D.C.
  29. Affectional and Other Relationships Among the ITAA. (J.W. Prescott and Douglas Wallace). International Transactional Analysis Association. 16th Annual Summer Conference. August 19, 1978. Montreal, P.Q. Canada
  30. Consequences of Social Isolation Upon Primate Brain Development and Behavior. (J.W. Prescott, Chair). International Society For Research On Aggression. Third Biennial Meeting. National Academy of Sciences. Washington, D.C. September 22-23, 1978.
  31. Affectional Deprivation In Childhood and Adolescence In The United States and Quebec, Canada: A Cross-Cultural Study of Sexual Alienation and Violence. (Prescott, J.W., Lafortune, M., Levy, J. and Wallace, D.). The Third International Congress of Medical Sexology. Rome, Italy. October 25-28, 1978.
  32. Developmental Origins of Violent Behavior (Seminar). North Central Regional Psychology Meeting. Federal Bureau of Prisons. Medical Facility, Springfield, MO. November 13-14, 1978. (Robert Powitzky, Chairman).
  33. Prescott, J.W. (1983). Invited Address: The Quadrune Brain: Cerebellar Regulation of Emotional Behaviors. European Seminar on Developmental Neurology. Institute fuer Kindesentwicklung, GmbH. Hamburg, Germany February 14-17, 1983.
  34. Roots of Violence. (J.W. Prescott and Paul Oas, Seminar/Workshop Leaders). Violence Prevention Network Foundation. Marina Village, San Diego, CA May 10, 1986.
  35. Sexual Dimorphism In The Developing Human Brain: Evidence From Lateral Skull X- Rays (JW Prescott). In: Symposium: Biology and Human Sexuality, R.T. Francoeur, Chair. 35th Annual Meeting. Society For The Scientific Study of Sex. Hilton Beach and Tennis Resort. November 13,1992. San Diego, CA
  36. Public Forum: Why Has The Drug War Failed?: Proposals for Drug Policy Reform. Presentation: "Understanding The Psychology Of The Drug War: How Culture Structures Drug Choice and Addiction". Sponsored by the Department of Psychology. National University, San Diego, CA; Institute of Humanistic Science and Green Democratic Club of San Diego County. January 21, 1995.
  37. The Origins of Human Love & Violence. Presentation: Symposium: Birth and Violence. TheSocietal Impact. Barbara Findeisen, Chair. 7th International Congress. The Association for Pre-and Perinatal Psychology & Health. September 28- October 1, 1995. The Cathedral Hill Hotel. San Francisco, CA
  38. GOOD TOUCH / BAD TOUCH: What Is Healthy Intimacy Between Adults and Children. Symposium. Steven Perrello, Jr., Chair. San Diego Society For Sex Therapy and Education. March 15, 1996. Red Lion Inn. San Diego, CA.


  1. Winter, W.D., Prescott, J.W. (1957). A Cross Validation of Starer's Test of Cultural Symbolism. J. of Consulting Psychology. 21:22-27.
  2. Prescott, J.W. (1965). Neural Timing Mechanisms, Conditioning, and the CS-UCS Interval. Psychophysiology, 2, 125-131.
  3. Prescott, J.W. (1967). Invited Commentary: Central nervous system functioning in altered sensory environments (Cohen, S.I.). In: Psychological Stress (M.H. Appley and R. Trumbull, Eds). Appleton-Century Crofts, New York.
  4. Prescott, J.W. (1968). Early Social Deprivation. In: Perspectives on Human Deprivation: Biological, Psychological and Sociological, (Chapter IV: Biological Substrates of Development and Behavior, D.B. Lindsley and A.H. Riesen, Eds). National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. DHEW. Bethesda, MD.
  5. Prescott, J.W.(1970) A Developmental Psychophysiological Theory of Autistic- Depressive and Violent-Aggressive Behavior. Psychophysiology, 8, 620-621
  6. Prescott, J.W. (1971). Instrumentation Error in the Psychophysiology of Lie Detection: A Report on the National Bureau of Standards Evaluation of the "Keeler" and "Stoelting" Polygraphs. Psychophysiology, 8, 273-274.
  7. Prescott, J.W. (1971). Early somatosensory deprivation as an ontogenetic process in the abnormal development of the brain and behavior. In: Medical Primatology 1970 (I.E. Goldsmith and J. Moor-Jankowski, Eds).pp. 356-375. S. Karger, Basel, New York
  8. Prescott, J.W. (1971). Sensory deprivation vs. sensory stimulation during early development: A comment on Berkowitz's study. The Journal of Psychology. 77: 189-191.
  9. Prescott, J.W. (1972). Cannon's Law of Denervation Supersensitivity: Implications for Psychophysiological Assessment. Psychophysiology. 9: 279.
  10. Prescott, J.W. (1972). Role of Cerebellum in Respiratory and Sleepwake Physiology. In: Neurophysiological Factors: Research Planning Workshop on the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. (Weitzman, E.d., and Graziani, L., Eds). National Institutes of Child Health and Human Development. DHEW Publication No. (NIH:74-580)., Bethesda, MD. July.
  11. Prescott, J.W. (1972). Before Ethics and Morality. The Humanist. Nov/Dec pp. 19-21.
  12. Prescott, J.W. (1973). Commentary: Sexual Behavior In The Blind. In: Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, (Gillman, A.E., and Gordon, A.R., Eds) June, pp.59-60.
  13. Berman, A.J., Berman, D. and Prescott, J.W. (1974). The Effect of Cerebellar Lesions on Emotional Behavior In The Rhesus Monkey. In The Cerebellum, Epilepsy and Behavior (Cooper, I.A., Riklan, M. and Snider, R.S., Eds). New York: Plenum Press, pp. 277-284.
  14. Prescott, J.W. (1974). Aggressive Behavior: Current Progress in Pre-clinical and Clinical Research. Seventh Annual Winter Conference on Brain Research. Brain Information Service. Conference Report #37. University of California, Los Angeles.
  15. Prescott, J.W. (1975). Ethical Issues In Fetal Research. The Humanist, May/June, pp.37-38.
  16. Prescott, J.W. (1975). Abortion or the Unwanted Child: A Choice For A Humanistic Society. The Humanist, March/April. Reprinted In: Reflections, 1975, X, 1-15; Pediatric Psychology, 1976, 1, 62-67; Child Abuse and Violence (D. Gil, Ed.) AMS Press, New York (1979).
  17. Prescott, J.W. (1975). Developmental Neuropsychophysics. In: Malnutrition and Brain Function: Neuropsychological Methods of Assessment. (Prescott, J.W., Read, M.S. and Coursin, D. B., Eds) John Wiley and Sons. New York pp.325-358
  18. Prescott, J.W. (1975). Body Pleasure and The Origins of Violence. The Futurist. Bethesda, MD. Reprinted In: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, November 1975, pp.10- 20; Jeune Afrique, Hebdomadaire International, April 9, 1976; Adventures In Anthropology (1977), (Kennedy, W.J., Ed). West Publishing Co. St. Paul; Child Abuse: Its Prevention and Treatment, An Inter-disciplinary Approach (M. Van Stolk, Ed.). McClelland and Stewart, Ltd. Toronto, 1978.
  19. Prescott, J.W. (1976). Violence, pleasure and religion. The Bulletin of The Atomic Scientists March
  20. Prescott, J.W. (1976). Somatosensory deprivation and its relationship to the blind.
  21. In:The Effects of Blindness and Other Impairments on Early Development pp.65-121 (Z.S. Jastrembke, Ed.). American Foundation For The Blind, New York.
  22. Prescott, J.W. (1976). Somatosensory Pleasure: The Therapy of Choice For Those Who Abuse Children. San Francisco Child Abuse Council News. October/November.
  23. Prescott, J.W. (1977). Phylogenetic and ontogenetic aspects of human affectional development. In:Progress In Sexology. Proceedings of the 1976 International Congress of Sexology. (R. Gemme & C.C. Wheeler, Eds.) Plenum Press, New York. pp.431-457.
  24. French translation: Aspects Phylogenetiques et Onotgenetiques Du Development Affectif De L'Homme. In: Contraception, Fertilite, Sexualite. Aout, 6, No.8: 521-534.
  25. Prescott, J.W. (1977). Child Abuse In America: Slaughter of The Innocents. Hustler (Oct).
  26. Prescott, J.W. (1978). Abortion and the "Right-to-Life": facts, fallacies and fraud:
  27. I. Cross-Cultural Studies. The Humanist, July/August, pp. 18-24.
  28. Prescott, J.W. and Wallace, D. (1978). Abortion and the "Right-to-Life": facts, fallacies and fraud. II. Psychometric Studies, The Humanist, Nov/Dec. pp. 36-42.
  29. Prescott, J.W. (1979). Alienation of Affection. Psychology Today. December.
  30. Prescott, J.W. and Wallace, D. (1979). Role of Pain and Pleasure in the Development of Destructive Behaviors: A Psychometric Study of Parenting, Sexuality, Substance Abuse and Criminality. In: Colloquium on the Correlates of Crime and the Determinants of Criminal Behavior. (M.E. Wolfgang, Chair/Editor). National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice. LEAA. Washington, DC. (Report prepared by the Mitre Corporation).
  31. Prescott, J.W. (l979): Deprivation of physical affection as a primary process in the development of physical violence. In. Child Abuse and Violence (Gil, D. G., Ed). AMS Press New York pp. 66-137.
  32. Prescott, J.W. (1980). Somatosensory affectional deprivation (SAD) theory of drug and alcohol use. In: Theories On Drug Abuse: Selected Contemporary Perspectives. Dan J. Lettieri, Mollie Sayers & Helen Wallenstien Pearson, Eds.) NIDA Research Monograph 30 (March): pp.286-296. National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Health and Human Services. Rockville, MD.
  33. Prescott, J.W. , King, G. and Huddle, D. (1984). Head Injury In Virginia: An Epidemiological Study. Virginia Head Injury Foundation. Report to the Department of Rehabilitative Services. Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond, VA pp.1-105).
  34. Prescott, J.W. (1984). Human Survival. In: Surviving: The Best Game On Earth. (Norrie Huddle, Ed) Shocken Books, New York, pp. 239-250.
  35. Prescott, J.W. (1986). Scientific Foundations For A New Morality of Pain and Pleasure In Human Relationships: An Agenda For Violence Prevention and World Peace. In: Proceedings of The International Conference on Mental Images, Values, and Reality. Vol. II. Chapter O, pp. 62-84. Society For General Systems Research. 30th Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA
  36. Prescott, J.W. (1986). The Abortion of The Silent Scream. A False and Wrongful Cry For Human Pain, Suffering and Violence. The Humanist. Sept/Oct 1986. pp. 10-17.
  37. Prescott, J. W. (1989). 16 Principles For Personal, Family and Global Peace.Truth Seeker. March/April, p. 33.
  38. Prescott, J.W. (1989). Ecology of Love and Violence. Truth Seeker. March/April. P.21.
  39. Prescott, J.W. (1989). Ground and Surface Water Contamination Endangers Drinking Water Supplies. Truth Seeker March/April, pp.15-16.
  40. Prescott, J.W. and Doerr, Edd (1989). Fetal Personhood: Is An Acorn An Oak Tree?. Part I. Historical, Religious and Legal Perspectives. Truth Seeker Vol.1. (2) May/June.
  41. pp.15-20.
  42. Prescott, J.W. and Doerr, Edd (1989). Fetal Personhood: Is An Acorn An Oak Tree?
  43. Part II. Developmental Neuropsychological Perspectives. Truth Seeker Vol. 1 (2) May/June. pp.21-23.
  44. Prescott, J.W. and Doerr, Edd (1989). Fetal Personhood: Is An Acorn An Oak Tree?
  45. Part III. Cross-Cultural Perspectives. Truth Seeker. Vol. I (2) May/June, pp. 24-28.
  46. Prescott, J.W. (1989). Genital Pain vs. Genital Pleasure: Why The One and Not The Other? The Truth Seeker July/August pp.14-21.
  47. Prescott, J. W. (1989). Failure of Pleasure as a Cause of Drug/Alcohol Abuse and Addictions. The Truth Seeker. Vol 1 (5):14-20. September/October.
  48. Prescott, J.W. (1989). That Old Time Religion: Violence Against Children and Women.
  49. Truth Seeker. Vol. I (6) November/December, pp.26-30.
  50. Prescott, J.W. (1989). America: Beware The Ides Of November. Truth Seeker. Vol.1. (6). November/December, pp.33-36.
  51. Prescott, J.W. (1989). The Truth About Sexual Monogamy. Truth Seeker. Vol. i (6). November/December, pp.44-46.
  52. Prescott, J.W. (1989). Fifty "Objectivist" Philosophical Principles For The Polyfidelitous Family. Truth Seeker. Vol.1. (6), pp.47-49.
  53. Prescott, J.W. (1990). No Personal Or Corporate Taxes. Truth Seeker. Vol. 117 (1). Spring p.39.
  54. Prescott, J.W. (1990). Religious Freedom and The Body Property Rights of Women
  55. Truth Seeker. Summer Vol 117, (3): 26-30.
  56. Prescott, J.W. (1990). Did Bishop Leo T. Maher Commit A Felony? Truth Seeker. Summer Vol. 117 (3):43-48.
  57. Prescott, J.W. (1990). Addiction: Nature vs. Nurture--Again? Truth Seeker. Fall. Vol. 1 (5):2-4.
  58. Prescott, J.W. (1990). Drugs, Religion and The Healing Process. Truth Seeker. Fall. Vol.1 (5):39-42.
  59. Prescott, J. W. (1990). UN Convention On the Rights Of The Child: US Perspectives.
  60. Truth Seeker. Winter, Vol. 117 (7):5.
  61. Prescott, J.W. (1990). "Who Loves The Children? A Response to William J. Bennett": "Children and Culture In America" Truth Seeker. Winter. Vol. 117 (7):11-13.
  62. Prescott, J.W. (l990): Affectional bonding for the prevention of violent behaviors: Neurobiological, Psychological and Religious/Spiritual Determinants. In. Violent Behavior Vol. I: Assessment and Intervention. (L.J. Hertzberg, et. al.,Eds). PMA Pub. NY pp. 110-142.
  63. Prescott, J.W. (1992). Sexual Dimorphism in the Developing Human Brain: Evidence from Lateral Skull X-Rays. Presented in Symposium: "Genes, Hormones and Sexual Behavior" (R.T. Francoeur, Chairman). The Society For The Scientific Study of Sex. 1992 Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA November 12-15. Hilton Beach and Tennis Resort.
  64. Prescott, J.W.(1992).Consequences of Perinatal Trauma--Genital Mutilation/Circumcision--and Somatosensory Affectional Nurturance Upon The Developing Brain: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positon Emission Tomogrpahy (PET) Scan Evaluations of Brain Structure and Function: Research Proposal. Unpublished Manuscript. (March 17) Institute of Humanistic Science. Newport Beach, CA.
  65. Prescott, J.W. (1993). NIH Violence Research Initiatives: Is Past Prologue; and The Prescott Report, Parts I &II. Testimony before the "NIH Panel on Violence Research" September 23
  66. Prescott, J.W. (1994). Children and The Future of Humanism: Part 1. Violence Against Woman and Children: Philosophical and Religious Foundations of Gender Morality.
  67. Quest & Controversy. November.
  68. Prescott, J.W. (1995). Violence Against Women: Philosophical and Religious Foundations of Gender Morality. New Perspectives. (March/April). Hemet, CA.
  69. Prescott, J.W. (1995). Hollywood Violence and the "Dole Initiative": "First, Do No Harm". Quest and Controversy Sept/Oct. San Jacinto, CA.
  70. Prescott, J.W. (1995). The Origins of Love, Violence and the Developing Human Brain. Interview: Michael Mendizza. Touch The Future. Fall.
  71. Prescott, J.W. (1996). The Origins of Human Love and Violence. Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal. 10(3):143-188. Spring
  72. Prescott, J.W. (1996). Jailing Mothers Is Always Too-Harsh Justice. The New York Times. (Lt. Ed). 26 August Monday
  73. Prescott, J.W. (1996). Planning Grant. The Role of Affectional Bonding and Breastfeeding For The Prevention of Depression, Violence and Drug Abuse/Addiction. October 11,1996. Institute of Humanistic Science, Newport Beach, CA
  74. Prescott, J.W. (1997). Essential Brain Nutrients: Breastfeeding for the Development of Human Peace and Love. Touch The Future. Spring.


  1. Prescott, J.W., Read, M.s. and Coursin, D.B. (Eds) (1975). Malnutrition and Brain Function: Neuropsychological Methods of Assessment. John Wiley and Sons. New York.
  2. Doerr, Edd and Prescott, J.W. (1989). Abortion Rights and Fetal 'Personhood'. Centerline Press. Long Beach. (2nd Edition, 1990).


  1. ROCK A BYE BABY (1970): Time Life Films. New York.( 30 minutes). James W. Prescott, Ph.D., Scientific Director.
  2. MORAL EDUCATION OF CHILDREN: (1971) American Humanist Association (30 minutes) (With Roy Fairfield and Paul Kurtz)
  3. VIOLENCE (1976): W-5: CTV Toronto, Canada. (11 minutes). James W. Prescott, Ph.D. Consultant
  4. HAPPY BABYS (1981). Evening Magazine, San Francisco with Connie Chung (7 minutes). James W. Prescott, Ph.D., Consultant
  5. INTELLIGENCE OF PLAY (1997). Contributor: Nurturing and Early Brain Development: Basic Trust and the Brain. Producer: Michael Mendizza. Touch The Future: A Non-Profit Learning Design Center. 123 Nevada St. #B Nevada City, CA 95959; <ttfuture@aol.com>. A 90 minute documentary. Co-Contributors: Stuart Brown, M.D.; O. Fred Donaldson, Ph.D.; Joseph Chilton Pearce; Chuck Hogan.


A one-half hour color film and/or video tape on the effects of maternal-social deprivation upon the young in animals and children. The importance of physical touching and body movement in the maternal-infant relationship (physical affectional bonding) for the normal development of the brain and for emotional-social behaviors are documented.

The film documents how sensory deprivation of body touch and body movement-- which is inherent in the failure to develop physical affectional bonding in the maternal-infant relationship-- results in abnormal development of the brain which underlies a variety of developmental behavioral abnormalities: depression; hyperactivity; hyper-reactivity; chronic stimulus-seeking behaviors including stereotypical body movements and self-mutilation; anti-social behaviors; pathological violent behaviors and functional mental retardation.

Rock A Bye Baby has been viewed on NET and has been shown at the:

  1. 1970 White House Conference on Children
  2. Society For Research In Child Development
  3. American Psychological Association
  4. American Association For The Advancement of Science
  5. American Psychiatric Association
  6. International Association For Transactional Analysis
  7. V World Congress of Psychiatry
  8. XXth International Congress of Psychology
  9. Society For Biological Psychiatry
  10. International Congress of Sexology
  11. International Society On Family Law
  12. Many other professional societies

Although produced in 1970, "Rock A Bye Baby" is still being used today as an educational film in many different academic departments in colleges and universities throughout the country, as well as in high school curriculums on early child development. The lessons of "Rock A Bye Baby" are as valid today as they were a quarter of a century ago.

At one time "Rock A Bye Baby" held the record as the most successful non-theatrical film produced by Time Life and has received a number of national and international awards including the CINE Golden Eagle Award; the American Film Festival's "Emily" award for the best film of the festival (May 1972) and a Blue Ribbon for the best film in the Education and Early Child Development category; and received an award at the Edinburgh Film Festival.

The Time Life Documentary "Rock A Bye Baby" tells the story of research developments and scientific breakthroughs on understanding the effects of maternal-social deprivation upon brain-behavioral development that were initiated and supported by the Developmental Behavioral Biology Program, National Institutes of Health (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH)--a program of research created by James W. Prescott, Ph.D who also served as the Scientific Director, "Rock A Bye Baby."