The Origins of Love and Violence
Sensory Deprivation and the Developing Brain
Research and Prevention

Comprehensive DVD/Database

25 years of NICHD brain-behavior research documenting how early sensory deprivation, abuse and neglect patterns the brain for a lifetime of depression and violence.

Designed For Personal and Classroom Use

. Over three hours of historical film footage
. In-depth interviews
. Comprehensive research database (1966 – 2008)

Culture Shapes the Developing Brain for Peace or Violence

This comprehensive DVD-Archive documents a history of over fifty years of research that establishes how pain and pleasure influences brain development for peace or violence. Historical film documentaries with contemporary interviews illustrate how the human primate has become the most violent primate on the planet and what must be done if world peace is to become a reality. This research documents the following principles:


  • Pain and pleasure experienced early in life shapes the developing brain for peace or violence.
  • Complex neural networks are produced by sensory stimulation; impoverished neural networks by sensory deprivation.
  • These two sensory processes shape two different brains: the neurodissociative or neurointegrative brain.
  • Neural networks formed early in life influence the neural networks in the later developing neocortical brain, the brain system for the formation of the social and moral values of culture.
  • Children reared under conditions of pleasure (affectional bonding) are placed on a life path of affection, peace, harmony and egalitarianism.
  • Most children reared under conditions of pain and suffering (affectional deprivation) are placed on a life path of depression, violence, authoritarianism and suicide.
  • Violent cultures impair development resulting in the neuro-dissociatve brain. The behaviors associated with this impaired brain prevents the development of the neurointegrative brain and its peaceful behaviors.
  • Cultures throughout the world must recognize the full equality of the feminine with the masculine if affectionate and sexually non-violent relationships are to prevail.

james prescott

James W. Prescott, PhD began his career researching maternal deprivation with his early life experiences in an orphanage. Later he focused on the impact sensory deprivation has on the developing brain during this sensitive-formative period from birth through adolescence. The Origins of Love and Violence gathers and makes available in DVD and print formats fifty years of research on early brain development and recommends two simple things most every family can do to insure that their baby develops the capacity to love (expereince pleasue-bonding and avoid intentional pain.) instead of becoming violent.