Genetic, Perinatal and Biological Factors in Behavior Regulation: Perinatal Sciences



Type of instruction




Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The aim of the course is to introduce students into the field of perinatal sciences. The holistic, systems approach of perinatal sciences treats the process of birth and being born as an integral whole, as a so called transgenerational process, from conception to the birth of the next generation. The interdisciplinary collaboration of various professions is important in this field.

The course handles the healthy (normal) physiological processes and their pathological forms, problems and failures within the same framework. This is to emphasize that the basis of all these
processes is the normal, biologically natural way of giving birth and being born.

The participants of the course will have the chance to take part in various forms of the ongoing research studies conducted at the Department of Affective Psychology.

Requirements of getting the credits: the participants will provide a summary / presentation on a perinatal topic related to their original research fields.

  • Blum, T. (1993) Prenatal Perception Learning and Bonding. Berlin etc.: LeonardoPublishers.
  • Boukydis, C.F.Z. (Eds.), (1987) Research on support for parents and infants in the postnatal period, New York: Ablex.
  • Fedor-Freyberg, P., Vogel, M.L.V. (1988) Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. Carnforth: Partheon.
  • Lester, B. & Boukydis, C.F.Z. (Eds.), (1985) Infant crying: Research and theoretical perspectives. New York: Plenum.