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ERIC Number: ED025336
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966
Pages: 5
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Auditory Components of Neonatal Experience: A Preliminary Report.
Johnson, Virginia
Proceedings of the Symposium on Biomedical Engineering, vl p189-92 1966
The nature and significance of the conditioning of fetal and neonatal response systems for later learning was not clearly understood. Therefore, subjects chosen for this research project were people who had been trained in experiential recall. During recall the subjects spontaneously reported what appeared to be auditory components of a complex conditioning situation related to birth or speech and neonatal environment. These auditory components were then correlated with the speech and somatic symptomatology observed in the subjects. It was concluded that prenatal or neonatal trauma may contribute to later neural disorganization and functional psychopathology. This result supports the hypothesis that when the birth experience is traumatic, there is a tendency to establish potentially pathogenetic responses. If subsequent experiences reinforce the tendency by approximating the traumatic variables, such conditioning may lead to various forms of psychopathology. Also, words heard by an infant before he understands speech may affect his learning later. (WD)
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