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Neuroscience and BabyPlus


July 2015

Medical News, "Research provides evidence of learning and memory six weeks prior to birth" by Bobbie Mixon



July 2015

Science News, "Clocking In" (an exerpt)

"Nerve cells removed from a rat’s cortex, the brain’s outer layer, will respond in complex ways to the tempo of music, neuroscientist Antonius VanDongen of Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore and colleagues have found. After genetically engineering a network of nerve cells to respond to blue light, the team regaled the cells with 'music' — carefully timed patterns of light based on the rhythm and notes of songs. Upon “hearing” the songs, the cells’ electrical reactions could usually determine whether ragtime or classical music was playing at any given moment. And the cells got better as the seconds ticked by, hinting that they could hold a memory of the tempo information for about six seconds. Those results show that time processing is fundamental in the brain, says VanDongen. 'This is a very basic thing,' he says. A small group of neurons is the building block that may enable more sophisticated time processing."


June 2015

Scientific America, "Study of Fetal Perception Takes Off"



February 2015

Science Magazine, "Sound of mom's voice boosts brain growth in premature babies."

The mother's voice and duplications of the sounds of the womb environment are cited as positives for the development of preemies. 



January 2015

PNAS-Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, "Mother's voice and heartbeat sounds elicit auditory plasticity in the human brain before full gestation."




July 2014

Science Journal, "Hearing and Imagination Shape What We See"


November 2013

NY Daily News, "Music Training Strengthens a Child's Brain for a Lifetime "


 August 2013

"Unborn Babies are Hearing You, Loud and Clear"- NBC News    



Science Magazine, Babies Learn to Recognize Words in the Womb" by Beth Skwarecki



January 2013

WebMD Health News, "Babies Listen and Learn While in the Womb" by Denise Mann



June 2012
Harvard University focuses on Brain Development and Architecture from Conception On.  Connections Made and Used Frequently Grow Stronger while other less used connections fall away.


Sept 2012                                                                                                                                   

Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, "Exposure to Biological Maternal Sounds Improves Cardiorespiratory Regulation in Extremely Preterm Infants" 



December 2011

"What babies Learn Before They're Bornhttp://www.cnn.com/2011/12/11/opinion/paul-ted-talk/

February 2009
Penn State /News, Rick O. Gilmore, PhD writes article titled “Probing Question: Can Babies Learn in utero?”  His answer is “Absolutely.” David B. Chamberlain Birth Psychology Prenatal Stimulation and Experimental Results Prenatal Memory & Learning http://news.psu.edu/story/141254/2009/02/23/research/probing-question-can-babies-learn-utero

March 2009                                                                                                                             "Brain Images Revel the Secret to higher IQ" -MIT Technology Review http://www.technologyreview.com/news/412678/brain-images-reveal-the-secret-to-higher-iq/

November 11th, Hong Kong proclaimed the worlds first PRENATAL EDUCATION DAY honoring the progressive nature of the BabyPlus Prenatal Education method!


Experimental Neurology "deficient environment"in prenatal life may compromise systemsimportant for cognitive function by affecting BDNF in the hippocampus" http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014488604004789

October 2004

Developmental Science, "Maturation of fetal responses to music"



Publication of the first comprehensive resource on prenatal sound enrichment-Learning Before Birth: Every Child Deserves Giftedness


September 1994

Archives of Disease in Childhood "Development of Fetal Hearing" by Peter G Hepper


Numerous studies link the earliest sonic influences to youth and adult proficiency; Brent Logan designs a second-generation prenatal auditory player, trade named BabyPlus, with extensive donations of units to developing countries, resulting in benefits for tens of thousands of children from every socioeconomic background.

1989 - 90
Commercialization of fetal enrichment technology created by Brent Logan commences, with 3000 children advantaged

1987 - 88
The first babies prenatally experiencing an imprintable sonic progression under Brent Logan's projects are born; he begins a series of related articles in academic journals

Brent Logan presents prelearning theory before professional congresses, then inaugurates in utero pilot studies to verify his contention; Rene Van de Carr publishes the first clinical evidence showing neonatal and infant assets from prenatal stimulation

Upon learning from his patients about fetal responsiveness to abdominal touch, California obstetrician Rene Van de Carr, MD, develops a stimulation methodology of tactile manipulations paired with words describing these actions.

Media reports about Americans Joseph and Jitsuko Susedik having enriched their four daughters before birth and throughout childhood during the prior decade with mixed means, all girls demonstrating giftedness; Brent Logan proposes curricularized variations of maternal in utero heartbeat sounds as an auditory curriculum. This initiates comprehensive theoretical research, and he invents the earliest prenatal learning technology.

In The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, Toronto psychiatrist Thomas Verny and co-writer John Kelly compile anecdotes of assorted fetal effects upon later life

Anthony DeCasper, a University of North Carolina psychologist, determines that newborns exhibit preference for speech patterns heard before birth, favoring the maternal voice. At the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, Donald Shetler has pregnant students provide recorded classical music to the womb through adjacent headsets, with their children exhibiting early musical skills.

Introduction of the portable audiocassette player, the Sony Walkman. Parents worldwide begin applying headphones to the maternal abdomen, producing fetal movement and claims for infant benefits.

Prenatal psychology commences as a scientific discipline with the Vienna founding of its first professional organization, another group beginning in Toronto a decade after

1970s - 80s
Technology provides more accurate monitoring of gestational processes, including photographic images which enhance public perceptions of the unborn child

Ashley Montagu's Prenatal Influences summarizes the expanding information about fetal life

New York psychologist, Lee Salk, conducts several investigations of prenatal imprinting from the mother's blood surging past the placenta, identifying various permanent behavioral indicators; neuroanatomist Marian Diamond at the University of California, Berkeley, begins three decades of research which show stimulating maternal environments alter brain physiology in rat offspring, and improve their learning skills

1920s - 1950s
Increasing evidence of second-trimester audition and multisensory fetal reaction to the maternal environment, with in utero learning suggested by psychologist David Spelt; psychologist Donald Hebb, McGill University, Montreal, posits a neurogenetic hypothesis that early enrichment produces physiological changes in the brain which promote reasoning abilities

Albrecht Peiper, Leipzig University pediatrician, visually confirms prenatal response to outside stimuli by observing distension from kicking in the maternal abdomen after an automobile horn is sounded

As the Quing dynasty of China was forming a republic, the civic expectations for progeny further standardized ancient in utero stimulation techniques, centering upon utopian aims

William Preyer, in The Mind of the Child, discovers cerebral functions are initiated before birth

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding, by the British philosopher, John Locke, contains the presumption that a fetus is capable of thought, and its ideas can be specifically influenced from outside the womb

c. 1000
Japan adapts Chinese prebirth arts to its society, institutionalizing stimulation as taikyo; over time, this focus shifts from superstitious precautions to a theistic and then imperial rationale, by the 20th century amalgamated with an overtly educational approach

c. 600
Talmudic writings reference fetal awareness

c. 400
The surgeon Susruta of India believed the unborn child begins seeking sensation late in the first trimester, its mind at work by five months

c. 350 BCE
Prenatal receptivity to external factors surmised by Aristotle

c. 400 BCE
Plato asserts that vibration is the primary cosmic principle

c. 450 BCE
Chinese culture formalizes special childbearing treatment, thereby acknowledging health, dietary, emotional, and stimulatory effects--including music--upon the fetus

c. 500 BCE
Confucius suggests that the fetal environment can determine behavior

Gestation rituals included dancing to instrumental music; still observed in Polynesian, African, and Asian tribal practices involving the pregnant mother