Fetal Development

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

  • Nadja Reissland
  • Barbara S. Kisilevsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Brain-Behavior Development: Animal Models

  3. Brain-Behavior Development: Human Fetuses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Eduard J. H. Mulder, Gerard H. A. Visser
      Pages 87-105
    3. Hernâni Gonçalves, Diogo Ayres-de-Campos, João Bernardes
      Pages 119-132
    4. Nadja Reissland, Brian Francis, Louisa Buttanshaw
      Pages 153-176
    5. Aida Salihagić Kadić, Milan Stanojević, Maja Predojević, Borna Poljak, Barbara Grubišić-Čabo, Asim Kurjak
      Pages 177-188
  4. Environmental Influences on Development: Maternal Emotions

  5. Environmental Influences on Development: Iron Deficiency, Alcohol Consumption, SSRI Exposure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Bruce C. Kennedy, Diana J. Wallin, Phu V. Tran, Michael K. Georgieff
      Pages 295-316
    3. Christine C. Dobson, Parker J. Holman, Wendy Comeau, Tamara Bodnar, Vivian Lam, James F. Brien et al.
      Pages 331-364
    4. Gillian Hanley, Kaia Hookenson, Dan Rurak, Tim F. Oberlander
      Pages 365-381
  6. New Imaging Technologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 383-383
    2. Toshiyuki Hata, Kenji Kanenishi, Uiko Hanaoka, Rina Uematsu, Genzo Marumo
      Pages 385-405
    3. François Rousseau, Colin Studholme, Renaud Jardri, Moriah E. Thomason
      Pages 407-427
    4. Veronika Schöpf, Georg Langs, Andras Jakab
      Pages 429-437
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 481-492

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.


Biochemistry and fetal development Cortisol and fetal development Effects of atypical uterine environments on child outcome Electromagnetic imaging and fetal development Environmental influences on fetal development and behavior Epigenetics and fetal development Facial expressions and fetal development Fetal development and behavior Fetal nutrition and iron deficiencies Imaging technologies for fetal development Magnetography and auditory-evoked response Maternal stress and fetal development Normal fetal development and behavior Placental insufficiency and language deficits Psychobiological development of fetuses fMRI brain connections and fetal development

Editors and affiliations

  • Nadja Reissland
    • 1
  • Barbara S. Kisilevsky
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. Psychology Science LaboratoriesUniversity of DurhamDurhamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Queen’s UniversitySchool of Nursing Queen’s UniversityKINGSTONCanada

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