Fetal Development

Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies

Editors: Reissland, Nadja, Kisilevsky, Barbara S. (Eds.)

  • ​Synthesizes the broad evidence base of research across fetal behavior and development
  • Examines issues in psychobiological development, environmental influences, and current imaging technologies
  • Clearly characterizes normal fetal development and identifies the effects of atypical uterine environments on child outcome
  • Examines the use of new imaging technologies to forge new directions for research and clinical practice
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About this book

This book provides an overview of fetal psychobiological research, focusing on brain and behavior, genetic and epigenetic factors affecting both short and long-term development, and technological breakthroughs in the field. These focal points intersect throughout the chapters, as in the challenges of evaluating the fetal central nervous system, the myriad impacts of maternal stressors and resiliencies, and the salience of animal studies. It also discusses specific monitoring and assessment methods, including cardiotocography, biomagnetometry, 4D ultrasound, in utero MRI, and the KANET test. Spanning assessment, identification, and pre- and postnatal intervention, the book weighs the merits of standardized evaluations and argues for more integrative research in the future.

Included in the coverage:

  • Effects on the fetus of maternal anxiety, depression, and stress during pregnancy.
  • Clinical and experimental research in human fetuses and animal models.             
  • Observational research including the use of behaviors in developing tests to assess fetal health.
  • Fetal auditory processing and implications for language development.
  • Fetal effects of prenatal exposure to selective SRI antidepressant exposure.
  • Structural and functional imaging of the prenatal brain.
  • The effects of alcohol exposure on fetal development.

Fetal Development: Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies is an essential resource for researchers, clinicians and related professionals, as well as students in a wide range of fields such as developmental psychology, pediatric and obstetrical medicine, neuroscience, nursing, social work, and early childhood education.

About the authors

Nadja Reissland, D. PHIL (OXON), MA, BSc., is a Developmental Psychologist, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Deputy Head of the Science Faculty Durham University UK.  Her work is at the forefront of the growing field of fetal psychology and is especially focused on fetal development in relation to maternal stress and depression, as well as early mother- infant interaction. Her pioneering research on  fetal movements, specifically fetal facial movements, has potential applications for obstetricians helping to identify indicators of healthy development in utero. Her research program includes the effects of maternal mental health (stress and depression) as well as health behaviours (smoking) on fetal behaviour. Furthermore she evaluates behaviours including laterality, vision and precursors to language as evidence of the development of CNS function.

Barbara S. Kisilevsky, BN, MN, MA, Ph.D., is Professor Emerita, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON Canada. With academic appointments in Nursing, Psychology, and Obstetrics & Gynaecology, she established an internationally recognized  multidisciplinary research program in the area of sensory development in the perinatal period with collaborations in the USA, Europe and Asia. In over 30 years of examining behavior (e.g., cardiac, body movements) from a psychobiological perspective, she and colleagues have characterized auditory (e.g., white noise, music, mother’s voice) and vibroacoustic sensitivity in fetuses in uneventful pregnancies; identified differential behaviors in fetuses in pregnancies complicated by conditions associated with placental insufficiency; determined sensory interventions to reduce behavioral and physiological responses of premature infants to ‘pain’ stimuli; described mother-infant interactions cross-culturally; and, demonstrated a relationship between fetal voice/speech processing, newborn information processing, and infant language ability. Her laboratory has served as a training facility for international visiting scientists, PhD, MSc, and MA theses, and numerous undergraduate summer students.

Reviews

“A compendium of 23 chapters describing in 5 sections the developments of brain and behavior in the pre- and post-natal period … . A clearly didactic text with many illustrations … and many references. For neonatologists, developmental psychologists, pediatricians and obstetricians. Recommended.” (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews (PER), 2017)

“Fetal Development is a collection of chapters crammed full of information that commands the reader’s full attention. … it would be a great reference tool for a pediatrician when he has a patient who smokes or works at a high stress job. … For researchers studying epigenetics or the neurobehavioral effects of exogenous variables-this is the next book they should purchase.” (R. Nicolle Carr, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 61 (36), September, 2016) 

“This book describes fetal psychobiological research, with an emphasis on genetic and epigenetic factors, along with brain and behavior. … This excellent book covers a wide variety of topics related to fetal development. Researchers and clinicians alike will benefit.” (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Book Reviews, June, 2016)


Table of contents (23 chapters)

  • Using an Animal Model to Explore the Prenatal Origins of Social Development

    Lickliter, Robert, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 3-14

  • Fetal and Birth Experiences: Proximate Effects, Developmental Consequences, Epigenetic Legacies

    Ronca, April E., PhD (et al.)

    Pages 15-42

  • Yoke Motor Learning in the Fetal Rat: A Model System for Prenatal Behavioral Development

    Robinson, Scott R., PhD

    Pages 43-66

  • Fetal Behavioral Development and Brain Growth in Chimpanzees Versus Humans: A View from Studies with 4D Ultrasonography

    Takeshita, Hideko, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 67-83

  • Fetal Behavior: Clinical and Experimental Research in the Human

    Mulder, Eduard J. H., MSc, PhD (et al.)

    Pages 87-105

Buy this book

eBook $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-22023-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
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Hardcover $159.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-22022-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $159.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-79374-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Fetal Development
Book Subtitle
Research on Brain and Behavior, Environmental Influences, and Emerging Technologies
Editors
  • Nadja Reissland
  • Barbara S. Kisilevsky
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-22023-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-22023-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-22022-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79374-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 492
Number of Illustrations
35 b/w illustrations, 119 illustrations in colour
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