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Title: Effects of sound transmission in an aqueous and air environment on infant motor behavior
Physical Description: ix, 76 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Barnett, Harvey, 1948-
Publication Date: 1978
Copyright Date: 1978
Subject: Infant psychology   ( lcsh )
Sound -- Psychological aspects   ( lcsh )
Foundations of Education thesis Ph. D   ( lcsh )
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Thesis: Thesis--University of Florida.
Bibliography: Bibliography: leaves 68-75.
Statement of Responsibility: by Harvey Barnett.
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To Judy and my parents


The people that I have to thank occupy a special

place in my life. They, for that reason, are more and

mean more to me than I am able to describe.

First, Dr. John Newell, who as my chairman helped me

through school and the research and the writing. Above

that he helped me as a teacher and a person by serving as

a source of supreme stability.

Next, Dr. William Ware, who taught me about research

design and statistics. He, along with his wife Andrea

and children Emily, Matt and Erin, is among the people

that define true friendship for me.

Dr. William Wolking, who helped me realize the importance

of the experimental analysis of behavior and always was

there with the probing questions about my work.

To Arthur Newman, a friend and someone that helped

me put a different perspective in some of my thinking.

The six families of the infants that served as subjects

gave of their time and energy. In return, I became very

close to several of them by teaching their infants to swim.

To my parents, their constant support and belief in me

helped in a way I can't describe.

Finally, to my wife Judy, her help, support and love

were and will always be deeply appreciated.



ACKNOWLEDGMENTS . . . . . . . . . iii

LIST OF TABLES . . . . . . . ... v

LIST OF FIGURES . . . . . . . . .. vi

ABSTRACT . . . . . . . . . .. . vii


I. INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . 1



IV. RESULTS . . . . . . . ... 47


APPENDIX . . . . . . . . . .. . 59

BIBLIOGRAPHY . . . . . . . . .. 68

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH . . . . . . . .. 76


Table Page

1. Schedule of Presentations of
Sourd Conditions . . . . . . .. 38

2. Condition Mean Coefficients for Five
Planned Non-Orthogonal Comparisons ... 45

3. Mea= Kick Rate per Second for Six
Conditions and Calculated Observed
Differences . . . . . . ... 49


Figure Page

1. Underwater Speaker Unit . . . . .. 64

2. Surface Speaker Arrangement . . . .. 65

Abstract of Dissertation Presented to the Graduate Council
of the University of Florida in Partial Fulfillment
of the Requirerents for the Degree of
Doctor of Philosophy



Harvey Barnett

March 1978

Chairman: Jnhn M. Newell
Major Department: Foundations of Education

The purpose of this study was to examine the differences

in leg kicking rates for six infants ages ten and one half

months old as they heard five seconds of a heartbeat sound

while underwater as compared to hearing the heartbeat sound

in air for five seconds.

A comparison was also made between the heartbeat sound

presented underwater and three other sounds presented under-

water. Those three other underwater sound presentations

were rhythmic music, white noise, and human speech each

being presented for five seconds. A total of six sounds

were presented to each infant each day, five underwater

treatments and one treatment on land.

Each trial was filmed with an underwater and surface

movie camera for later coding of the ten continuous days of

data collection. The data were analyzed by a two way ANOVA

and a Dunn's planned comparison among the means. Significantly

less kicking was observed for the heartbeat heard in air


condition than when the heartbeat sound was present-ed to

the infant underwater.

When the underwater heartbeat sound condition -_,ch

was a tape made from a human female heartbeat recorfd- in

utero was presented to the infant subjects, they kiz=sd

significantly less than when they heard the other uierwater

sound conditions. The first underwater sound cond:=.n,

the heartbeat condition was compared to a control c:dtition

for any rhythmical sound as represented for this sta-y by

Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty.

The second underwater sound was designed to ser,- as

a control for any sound being heard underwater. Thas con-

dition was presented by playing "white noise" or fres-encies

between 20 and 20,000 c.p.s. simultaneously.

The final underwater condition was designed to -cntrol

for a familiar sound that the subjects heard previously.

That condition was created by having each subject's nether

record herself reading the introduction to Alice in


A comparison of those three underwater sound c- ditions

mentioned above to the underwater heartbeat showed -te

infants kicked significantly less to the heartbeat z:und

than to the other underwater sounds.

The results suggest that bodily reactions of tte infant

may be influenced not only by what they hear, but the

mechanisms used to perceive the sound. Since undervater


sounds transduce the entire body, this type of sound

transmission takes on tactual properties. It is noted

that the fetus hears sounds such as the mother's heartbeat

by this mechanism. Possibly our earliest learning involves

perception of sound by tactual means.

The results of this study raise questions about prior

research on infant conditioning and suggestions are offered

for future studies.



What is the first thing human beings learn? Previous

research on conditioning of the fetus has reported that the

fetus can react to a number of stimuli and that conditioning

can sometimes be demonstrated. A number of studies have

attempted to demonstrate similar kinds of conditioning later

in infancy but the results were not consistent. In some

cases, later conditioning has been demonstrated but in the

majority of studies conditioning established in the fetus

has not been demonstrated later in infancy. One of the con-

clusions reached from such studies was that the fetal con-

ditioning was not actually established since it could not

be demonstrated later in infancy.

An alternative explanation, which provides the basis

for the present study, is that the "environment" in which

the conditioning took place was different for the fetus and

the infant. The fetus was conditioned in the womb sur-

rounded by amniotic fluid and could be viewed as conditioning

in water while the infant is being exposed to the stimulus

in an air environment. It may be that this difference in

the environments where conditioning took place could be a

significant factor in explaining the discrepant results

reported on fetal and neonatal conditioning.

In light of the confusion in the literature concerning

fetal conditioning, and the as yet not totally accepted idea

that a heartbeat sound as a calming effect on infants, it

appears reasonable to test two aspects of this problem. One

question needing further study is whether or not there is

a difference between air and water sound transmission for

infants where the sound is a heartbeat? In order to examine

this question, two additional fields of research need to be

mentioned. Does the heartbeat sound have a calming effect

in air, and what is the utility of using leg kicking as a

dependent measure for these parameters? The other aspect

concerning the original question is whether or not there is

a calming effect for infants when a heartbeat is presented

underwater when compared to other sounds presented under-


The purpose of the present study is to examine the

differences in a leg kick response in infants to sounds

transmitted in air and through water. The air environ-

ment is the "normal" environment for infants and the water

environment of a swimming pool is an attempt to simulate

the fetal womb environment. If differences can be demon-

strated, they would suggest that the prior research in this

area must take into account the environment within which

the conditioning occurred. This study should also add to

an understanding of how early learning occurs and provide

additional information about the early growth and develop-

ment of sensory capacities of infants and young children.

Some of the conceptual assumptions for the present

study involve ideas put forward by Lee Salk (1966) and H.

MKurka (1974). They have contended that the heart beat

so-nd, because it is heard in utero and therefore associated

with that environment, has a soothing or calming effect on

the individual after birth. Research reporting results

which disagree with those of Salk and Murooka will be

reviewed in Chapter II along with a more complete review of

Salk's and Murooka's work.

Another assumption for the present study involves the

mediums of water and air and their differences as far as

sc-d transmission through them is concerned. There is

considerable evidence that the physical properties of sound

transmitted through water and air are different. The

transmission of sound is faster underwater than in air due

to the greater density of water and, for the same reason,

mere energy is required to transmit sound of equal amplitude

through water than in air. In situations where humans are

hearing underwater sounds, different factors involving audi-

tion become apparent. Humans are able to localize sounds

in air more easily than in water because the sound may be

"blocked" by the head. It is difficult to localize sound

runerwater because the sound is not blocked by other body

parts and in fact the entire body can be transduced by

scand in this medium. If the sounds transmitted underwater

are of sufficient amplitude, sound perception may become

more tactual in nature. The tactual nature of underwater

sound may be an important variable when one considers that

the fetus experiences various sounds while totally immersed

in amniotic fluid and that this experience may be as much

tactual as auditory.

The use of sound as a stimulus for conditioning has

much to recommend it when one considers the sensory equip-

ment of the fetus. The sense of vision even in the neonate

is not well developed. Visual acuity is somewhere between

20/350 and 20/450 (Gorman, et al., 1957). While little is

known about the sense of taste in the fetus, there is evi-

dence to suggest that the sense of taste in new born infants

is not well developed and that the neonate probably can

distinguish only the taste of salt and sweet. While the

sense of touch is apparently quite well developed, there

are difficulties in actually touching the fetus while it

is still in the womb. There is evidence that the fetus does

touch himself in the womb and several dramatic photographs

attest to this. The neonate emits reflexes to touch that

are stable enough to suggest that the nervous system of the

neonate is well established for the sense of touch.

Babies at birth can differentiate between certain low

frequencies and some reflexes can be elicited by sound of

different amplitudes. The evidence suggests that the senses

of hearing and touch are probably the best developed in

the fetus and should serve as the modalities to be stimulated

for conditioning purposes.

If, as suggested earlier, the sensing of sound in the

fetus is tactual as well as auditory, the combined senses

of sound and touch may be contributing to the conditioning

of the fetus. In the present study, the air and water con-

ditions will provide differential environments in which

only the sense of hearing will be operative in the air

environment while the combined senses of hearing and touch

could possibly be operative in the water environment. If

there are differences in responding to sounds heard by an

infant in the water environment, when compared to the air

environment, it may mean that our understanding of hearing

and how it relates to early perception of the environment

in the infant is incomplete unless we include the tactual

component of sound experienced by the fetus.

In order to investigate the differences between an air

transmitted heartbeat sound and an underwater heartbeat

sound, six infants were presented with these conditions.

An additional four underwater sound conditions were presented

as controls for various properties of a heartbeat sound.



This study examined the differences in leg kicking

activity of infants exposed to a heartbeat sound presented

in air when compared to hearing the same heartbeat sound

presented underwater. It also examined the differences

between leg kicking responses as the infants heard the

underwater heartbeat sound and four other underwater sound

conditions. These other underwater sound conditions in-

cluded: a rhythmical sound, a familiar sound, a hissing

sound and silence.

This study builds upon conclusions derived from several

different and seemingly unrelated areas of research. Given

this study's goal of investigating the differences mentioned

above, three major areas of literature were seen as being

relevant for review: developmental aspects of the fetus and

infants, methodological problems encountered in research

involving infants and the research on fetal and infant con-


The literature review which focuses upon the develop-

mental concept, will include research on fetal movement and

hearing capacities, as well as the relative effectiveness

of the other fetal and neonatal sensory capacities. Other

studies were reported from this area if they provided in-

formation about sensory acuity, habituation to certain

stimuli and other developmentally related systems of a

fetus, neonate or infant. Studies using infants and

particularly infants underwater as subjects have certain

methodological differences from studies not using infants.

Among the studies reviewed in this area were those concern_,

with reliable observation of infant rotor behaviors. The

advantage of filming these infant activities to provide a

permanent record that could be re-evaluated later was

documented in the review of literature. Within this methon:-

logical area the literature concerning different neonatal

and infants measurements of activity including heart rate

and motor activity was reviewed. Finally, the literature

concerned with learning in the fetus and infant and im-

printing of sound stimuli on the fetus is presented.

Developmental Studies

Watson in 1919b made statements based on his observa-

tions of infant behavior in water. McGraw cited Watson

(1919b) and herself (1935) as the only two who used actual

experimental evidence to describe swimming-like behaviors

in infants and newborns. Watson tested newborns immediatE-

after birth in water at 98.6 degrees Farenheit. He observrd

three babies placed on their backs and supported by the

hands of the experimenter, which allowed the subjects'

faces to remain above the surface of the water. Watson

reported (1919a), "Violent expression of fear--a cry,

checking of breathing, followed by deeper inspiration and

rapid, entirely uncoordinated, slashing of hands and feet

were all that could be observed" (p. 243). On the basis of

these observations, Watson rejected the evidence of swimming

in the behavioral repertoire of the newborn.

McGraw (1939a) used notes she made while directly

observing and cinemagraphically recording the aquatic be-

haviors of forty-two different infants ranging in age from

eleven days to thirty months. She made a total of 445 observa-

tions and out of all those observations, 164 were motion

picture records while the remaining 281 were written notes

taken during the observations. The number of repeated

observations on the same infant varied from two to 51 with

a median of ten. McGraw pointed out a limitation of her

study in the area of external validity. The data did not

justify a longitudinal analysis. On the other hand, the

limited number of different age brackets did not support a

purely cross-sectional analysis. In spite of the methodo-

locical limitations of her study, the notes and film she

took indicated a swimming behavior pattern characteristic

of newborns, babies, four months to twenty-four months, and

children older than twenty-four months. McGraw stated

that if Watson had used a prone and not a supine position

for his subjects, he would have noted as she did that,

"Definitive rhythmical associated flexor-extensor nove-

ments in upper and lower extremities together with a lateral

flexion of the trunk corresponding to the flexor phase of

the lower extremity are usually manifested" (p. 486). She

further noted that these behaviors were more pronounced

when the baby was free of support while underwater.

It appears that where Watson, with his subjects on

their back and able to breathe, observed a violent expres-

sion of fear, McGraw, by letting them float face down,

observed no such drastic behaviors. She also noted activity

so consistent that she cited these behaviors in water as

indicative of developmental changes or maturational stages

in the infant.

Several studies relating auditory stimulation where

the dependent variable was the change in the neonates or

infant's heart rate have been reported. Studies in this

area have been represented by Kearsley (1973) who recorded

head movements, and Steinschneider (1968) who found that

sound intensity had to be above 70 db. to get much reaction

from either cardiac or respiratory activities. The in-

fluence of acoustic sound on habituation for the newborn

and infant populations is well documented in the literature.

Representative studies in this area have been done by Pomerleau-

Malcuit and Clifton (1973); Berg (1972); Lewis (1971);

McCall and Nelson (1970); Roberts and Campbell (1967);

Smith (1967); Steinschneider, Lipton and Richmond (1966);

and by Keen, Chase and Graham (1965).

First to report the phenomenon of the effect of sound

on infants however, was probably Plato when he reported his

observations concerning this in Laws Book VII, Section 790

(380 B.C.); "You know, when mothers want to put fractious

babies to sleep, the remedy they exhibited is not still-

ness, but its very opposite, movement--they regularly rock

the infants in their arms--and not silence, but a tune of

some kind" (p. 41). From Biehler (1976) comes an observation

that Francis Warner (1887-1888) mentioned how sounds soothe

small children in his book The Children: How to Study Them.

Studies where body movements, among other things, were

measured in response to auditory stimulation are represented

by: Stubbs (1934); Ashton (1973); Moreau et al. (1970);

Ling (1972); Heriot (1970); Hoversten (1969); Ashton (1971);

Pratt (1934); and Eisenberg (1965).

Stubbs (1934) cited Silvo Canestrini as being the

first to use objective recordings of infant responses to

sounds in 1913. She further noted that in Pratt (1934),

a stabilimeter polygraph was used to record the infant's

changes in activity as a function of hearing certain sounds.

Stubb's (1934) research showed that bodily reactions were

effected better by duration and intensity than by intensity

alone. She used durations of three, five, and fifteen

seconds and found the last two to be acceptable. Using

intensities of 30, 50, 70, and 85 db. she found the last

two again to be conditions that would predict greater bodily


Weiss (1934) used pure tones of 50 and 75 db. with a

duration of five minutes and found the louder tones had

greater quieting effects on infants. Similar findings

were reported by Birns, Blank, Bridger, and Escalona


Weiss (1934) also carried out experiments in which

the sounds were presented in both a dark and a light environ-

ment. She reported that, "It has been found that light alone

is quieting and that sound alone (in darkness) is quieting"

(p. 66). This question of sound and the effect it has on

the neonate was re-examined by Lee Salk (1960) when he

reported that infants hearing a heart beat sound at 85 db.

and at a rate of 72 beats per minute continuously for four

days gained more weight, cried less, and were more quiet

than the controls who were cared for in a quiet room. In

trying to replicate this study, Tulloch et al. (1964)

failed to get the same results reported by Salk, but they

exposed their experimental group to a simulated heart

beat sound at 45 db. That intensity was probably too low

for neonatal reaction as Brackbill et al. (1966) stated,

"Their failure to replicate Salk's results is probably

attributable to the choice of stimulus intensity level

that is not clearly audible to neonates" (p. 179).

Later, Salk (1961) played a heartbeat at 72 beats

per minute, a metronome ticking at 72 beats per minute,

and lullabies. Of note, he found the heartbeat sound to

be twice as efficient at putting the children to sleep

than silence, metronome and lullaby conditions.

Ling (1972) tested 160 neonates hearing a pulsing

narrow band noise stimulus and found that gross body move-

ments increased as the duration of the stimulus became

longer. Interestingly, he also reported that continuous

stimulation increased bodily reaction better than inter-

rupted stimulation of the same duration. Pratt (1934)

reported that the physiological state (i.e.: alert vs

sleepy) of the infant was more powerful than auditory

stimulation to predict activity in the newborn. Ashton

(1971) found that neonates were differentially responsive

to changes in frequency only during quiet sleep. Moreau,

Birch and Turkewitz (1970) compared the effects of habitua-

tion to an acoustic stimulus in newborns by their autonomic

and a musculoskeletal response. They found that the

musculoskeletal response habituated faster, was independent

of habituation in the autonomic response, and was also more

stable. Behavioral changes were recorded by observers in

a study by Hoversten and Moncur (1969) where they reported

that a pulsed voice stimulus had the largest response

percentages for both three month and eight month old infants.

In a study by Foreschels and Beebe (1946) involving bodily

movements and facial expressions, 33 infants were observed

making responses to auditory stimulation. Whistles had

the greatest effect with a tuning fork having little or

no effect.

A study looking at newborn hearing capacity was reported

also by Aldrich (1928) and, by its title, "A New Test for

Hearing in the Newborn: the Conditioned Reflex," gives

the impression of being the first of its kind which

examined hearing for this population. The reflexive be-

haviors resulting from a newborn hearing a two pound iron

weight falling three feet onto a hard wood surface were

filmed and reported in an article by Clark (1939). Ob-

viously, normal hearing newborns ey-xbited the Moro reflex

but, as they became older, the typography of the response

began to resemble a startle reaction.

A multitude of studies have been done on hearing acuity,

sound localization, adaption, habituation, discrimination

and other aspects of an infant hearing sounds. With

respect to recognizing sounds, Vanderplas and Blake (1949)

reported that a valued and familiar stimuli may actually

decrease the recognition threshold far that stimulus. While

that isn't too surprising, a study by Hutt et al. (1968)

reported that the most effective stimuli for eliciting

behavioral responses in neonates were fundamental fre-

quencies found in the range of the voice. Hutt sug-

gested that there may be survival vmlue in this because the

human cochlea is structurally mature at birth and that may

mean early hearing acuity plays a zart in the affectional

child-parent bond. Vanderplas and BLake's (1949) familiarity

and value selectivity for auditory stimulation may have

reported results that were more physiologically based when

applied to infant populations. Kasatkin and Levikova (1935)

reported three stages of conditioning auditory reflexes

in infants. They were indifference, inhibition of move-

ments where the first signs of conditioned reacti=zs began,

and the stage of clearly conditioned reaction. It might

be that a sound heard early or before birth may h5 e im-

printing properties as postulated by Salk (1960, ::il, 1962).

Bernard and Sontag (1947) reported that the human fatus in

utero is capable of perceiving a wide range of toits after

their experimental data were analyzed.

Grimwade, Walker and Wood (1970) worked with eaimals

and humans in examining several properties of fetal environ-

ment. By inserting a microphone into pregnant women they

found the fetus did not receive high frequency so=ds,

sound loss was appreciable, and sound stimulation :- the

fetus changed its heart rate and muscular activity- Kellogg

(1941) used auditory stimulation with the fetus wtile

recording movements of the fetus by mechanical te=-iiques.

Among other results Kellogg reported that after 2-1 days

the fetal movement provided evidence of response i: auditory

stimulation. Forbes and Forbes (1927) reported *itt the

fetus will react to a loud sudden noise 30 days before

delivery, but they only hypothesized that the fet. was

hearing or employing tactual modalities to perceive auditory

stimulation. The manner in which the fetus devel:rs and

how the sensory apparatus becomes mature may supp--t the

ideas put forth by McGraw (1939a).

If McGraw (1939a) was correct with her postulation

about infant aquatic behaviors reflecting the phylogenic

origin of man, Schevill (1953) added support with a study

showing that the bottlenosed porpoise has a frequency range

that approximates the bone-conducted thresholds of man's

hearing. The proximodistal, cephalocaudal ontogenetic

development of aquatic behavior exhibited by McGraw's (1939a)

subjects supports the differential activity of the opposing

ends of the fetus recorded by Kellogg (1941) where the

caudal end is never as active as the head end of the fetus.

If the proximodistal trend of development for the whole

body is valid for the cochlea in the human ear that Hutt

et al. (1968) described as being fully mature at birth,

then Dishoeck's (1948) observation that the outer hair

cells of the cochlea (last to develop) are sensitive for

air conduction and the inner hair cells (first to develop)

are stimulated by compressive tones found in mediums like

bone and fluids are valid. A fetus may have a greater

capacity to hear compressive tones while in the amniotic

fluid. This ability exhibited by the fetus to hear compres-

sive tones would have the same frequency limits as those

of the bottlenosed porpoise researched by Schevill (1953).

This may support McGraw's (1939a contention concerning

the phylogency of man cited earlier.

The auditory capacity of humans underwater changed

because as terrestrial animals we typically hear sounds

transmitted through air. Research has been performed on

humans while underwater. However, such underwater research

has been performed on adult divers and not infants.

The above studies probed the relationship of sounds

heard underwater by adult humans. Research into the in

utero sounds heard by the human fetus as it floats totally

immersed in amniotic fluid was completed by Salk (1966, 1962,

1961, 1960). Salk felt that these early sounds and particularly

the heartbeat sound heard by the fetus took on the characteris-

tics of an imprinted stimulus.

The research which has been cited concerning the develop-

ment of various capacities in the fetus, neonate and infant

suggest the following conclusions. There is evidence that

the fetus reacts to sound stimuli after the seventh month

of gestation when a vibro-tactile stimulus is used. The

sense of hearing is more fully developed in the fetus than

are the other senses. There are suggestions that a simulated

heartbeat sound has a soothing effect on infants when that

sound is presented at a level of 65 db. or higher. There

is conjecture about the effect of the duration of sound

presentation on the behavior of the fetus. Stubbs (1934)

argues for a duration of five to fifteen seconds.

It appears that the sense of hearing is an appropriate

sense to use in conditioning of a fetus or infant and that

a heartbeat sound will produce a relaxed or lowered fre-

quency of response in the infant. The present study uses

a heartbeat sound as one stimulus for conditioning a leg-

kick response.

Methodological Studies

Cinemagraphic data collection means the behaviors under

investigation were filmed while cinemanalysis usually refers

to filming the activity and using that film exclusively as

the observations to be coded or scored.

McGraw considered the aquatic behaviors she filmed and

directly observed to be of evolutionary importance. To

that end, she performed a comparative study to show that this

swimming reflex apparent in her infant subjects may be at-

tributable to some earlier amphibian existence of homo


The comparative study by McGraw (1939b) involved filming

young quadrupeds in water; notably an opossum, a rat, a

kitten, a guinea pig, monkeys, and a two-month-old chimpanzee.

The purpose of that study was to see if the newborn swimming

reflex, ". . bears striking testimony to the phylogenesis

of man (p. 485). She felt that the swimming reflex was

related to man's evolution because in interpreting her study

she stated, "It is interesting that developmental changes

in swimming behavior correspond in chronological order to

the major phases of other behavior patterns which also appear

to be of phylogenetic origin" (p. 490).

McGraw also noted that the four-month old to twenty-

four month old human subjects usually rotated to a dorsal

position when submerged in a prone position and the rhythmical

aquatic behavior observed earlier had become what she called

the disorganized phase. Her later research into this area

was also oriented toward physiological development of

neural brain centers in the infant in an attempt to explain

the phases of aquatic behavior she filmed and observed in

1939. Cinemagraphic techniques for infant behaviors started

with Watson's (1919b)480 foot silent movie. It was heralded

in the literature as being of importance both historically

and experimentally. As noted previously, Watson filmed an

absence of swimming movements but his film included grasping

and Babinski reflexes, defensive movements, reaching,

crawling and some basic emotional reactions of the infant.

Since Watson's early work, cinemagraphic data collection

grew in popularity in the late thirties and early forties.

From the mid sixties until present day, the introduction

of the transistor and light weight television cameras have

all but replaced film with video tape.

Gesell (1932) cited cinemagraphic techniques as being

ideally suited to record morphological development and

particularly complex movements. Gesell went so far as to

develop normative data on a variety of infant capacities

that were filmed. He concluded that this type of data col-

lection allowed systematic recording and experimental

analysis. Several researchers have used film to record a

bide variety of neonate and infant behaviors.

McGraw (1941) filmed and compared mass responses in

newborns and specific responses in older babies to a pin

prick stimulus probing various body parts. Ames (1944)

filmed the visual and motor patterns of two normal infants

from their eighth to fifty-sixth week of life.

Ames (1939), had previously used cinemanalysis to

describe ascent postures and the body orientations beginning

with prone progression and ending with stair climbing. In

addition, Ames found that although quantative analysis of

the filmed behaviors of his twelve subjects between one and

three years of age differed, there were patterns within a

single subject that were constant.

Gesell (1932) cited several benefits of cinemanalysis

and Ames (1939), having filmed body orientations for com-

parisons of babies, published a study (Gesell and A-es, 1940)

in which the data were taken exclusively from filmed trials.

In the same year, Birkmayer and Goll (1940) used a film

method to analyze the development of walking in young

children. Their study is of importance in that they were

able to describe dynamic functions such as gait, center of

gravity shifts, stepping phase and other actions difficult

to examine except by stopping the action of motion picture

photography. Probably the most detailed study of rotor

activity using film was produced by Ames, (1942). A descrip-

tion of leg, foot, and toe postures was written after the

film had been coded of infants in a supine posture.

Gilmer (1933) also used cinemanalysis to investigate

unique limb movement patterns in a series of infant behaviors.

Cinemanalysis included both the filming of the activity as

well as an analysis of the activity based upon observations

by the experimenter. Two major types of observational

systems are used; an "open" and a "closed" system. In a

discussion of "open" and closedd" observation systems,

Gordon and Jester (1973) stated that,

Specimen description r "s detailed sequential
recording of all that :s taking place in a
situation. This may be accomplished by audio-
or-video-tape recording :r by continuous note-
taking. Following the rrrording, a coding or
scoring scheme is impose- on the record as
contrasted to coding during the initial collec-
tion of data. Statist;r2l analysis was done
only after the original records had been coded.
Wright (1960) called th:s an open method because
the coding follows the rc:ent-to-moment recording.
A distinguishing characteristic of open and
closed systems is that a-r open system preserved
the raw data so that it was available for other
coding systems while the closed system imposed
a coding scheme at the :rre of initial data col-
lection. In the latter, the observer simply
notes specific behaviors as they occur. Examples
of closed methods are t:-e and event sampling
and trait rating. In t-e closed system, ef-
ficiency of basic data recording is gained at
the loss of raw data. right's classification of
Time Sampling can be further divided into sign
and category systems. Sign systems preserve
some elements of the raw data since behaviors
are listed in the observer's record and he
usually makes some sort of frequency count of
the occurrence of specific behaviors. (pp. 175-176)

In a study investigating research procedures involving

auditory perception and resulting behavior in the human neo-

nates, Eisenberg (1965) compared cinemanalysis and direct

observation. She concluded that,

Cinetechniques are val-able in that even fleeting
changes in behavior ca.n he captured, and with
the aid of sophisticate- accessories and data
reducing procedures, ana-.lzed quantitatively.
Moreover, no ancillary measures arc required
since observer judgments can be validated

statistically by including no stirus_ trials
in a silent film record. Motion pi,-:re
photography is prohibitively expens_-- for most
purposes, however, and it poses te-rc al
problems of sizable dimensions. It -: recom-
mended only for special purpose res-zzh that
is otherwise impossible. (p. 170)

She further stated that using obser-rs with certain

parameters of sound was risky. For instc-ces, when coding

intensity, she reported: "For 45 to 55 :. three independent

examiners reported less than one-third cf -teir observations

with confidence ." (p. 164) and fcr duration and fre-

quency parameters, "although optimal consr-ts for clinical

and research purposes remain to be define, durations in the

range between one to five seconds seem t: ie reasonably

satisfactory for present use with wide-b-zd stimuli" (p. 165).

While many investigators in the 193L's and 1940's

employed film as a recording device for mncor activities,

Escalona and Leitch (1950) edited a large amount of film

to produce a 42 minute film examining rei-cnses made of the

prolonged stimulation of eight infants. "-eir study sug-

gested that prolonged perceptual stimulat-:n may generate

psychological tension in infants.

Possibly one of the most interesting studies based upon

data taken from film was done by Hooker 1>39). Reflexive

movements of aborted human fetuses to ta=-1e stimulation

from seven to 25 weeks of menstrual age wre filmed. Hooker

found that at between 11 to 14 weeks of ne:strual age most

of the neonatal reflexes were represented azd after 14 weeks

all the movements observed gained in amplitude after closely

observing what he filmed.

Film provides a permanent record that can be coded by

others to enhance coder reliability in the data. It is

important to keep in mind, however, that other factors ncre

basic to research design and not just precise measurement

need to be considered. Ling, Ling and Doehring (1970)

found that an observer's judgments about infant behavior

may be significantly influenced by knowing the presentation

schedule for the stimuli. Their study involved observer;

whole-body movements as the infants were presented with

narrow band acoustic stimulation.

The use of visual methods of recording infant behavior,

beginning with movie cameras and more recently television

recordings, has provided a useful means of providing a

permanent record of the behavior in question. Gordon

and Jester (1973) review the assets and limitations of

two observational systems. The "open" system provides for

the recording of behavior as it occurs with an analysis or

coding of the behaviors being done at a later time. A

"closed" system imposes a coding scheme on the behavior

as it is recorded. For the present study, there was no

logical or theoretical grounds for employing a coding scheme

prior to recording the infant's behavior. As a result, an

"open" recording system was employed.

Learning and Imprinting Studies

In an attempt to differentiate between learning and

imprinting, Klopfer and Hailman (1967) stated that the,

"responses may be learned very rapidly in newborn animals

by the process of imprinting. Imorinting, unlike conditioning

and other common forms of learning, is rapid, long lasting

and apparently unrewarded" (p. 52). Lee Salk (1966) takes

that definition further by stating that the human fetus is

imprinted to the sound of the human heart beat heard in

utero and this has profound influences on our later adult


Smart and Smart in Children (1972) interpreted the

fetal imprinting to the heart beat sound reported by Salk

as follows:

Because the sound was found soothing to infants
and children, it seems worthwhile to consider
what meaning it may have prenatally. The heart-
beat sound has the criteria of an imprinting
stimulus being intermittent and repetitious and
occurring early in the life of the organism,
before it experiences fear. Later, when the
organism is exposed to fear, it is reassured
by the stimulus to which it has been imprinted.
Thus it seems quite possible that the unborn baby
interacts with his environment in such a way
that the rhythms of sounds and pressures prepare
him for coping with some of the difficulties he
will encounter after he is born. Seeking to
comfort his distress and express their love, his
parents and other people will hold him in their
arms and walk with him or rock and jiggle him.
The resulting sounds and pressures will reassure
him perhaps because he was imprinted prenatally
to such stimuli. (pp. 31, 32)

Grier, Counter and Shearer (1967) did work with pre-

natal auditory imprinting in chickens by exposing the

experimental group to a patterned sound continuously from

the twelfth to the eighteenth day of incubation while the

control group incubated in quiet. The experimental group

creeped toward a stationary sound source as did the con-

trols but the experimental group preferred the sound heard

before they hatched. The experimental group also followed

a moving object longer if it emitted the "imprinted" sound

versus any other sound condition.

Smart and Smart (1972) put forth other implications

of the fetus hearing the mother's heartbeat by reporting

some of the results of Salk's (1962) study where he increased

the rate of the heartbeat to which the infants were exposed.

Salk stated,

The newborn infants who had quieted to the sound
of a normal heartbeat showed an immediate
increase in crying and disturbance to these
unusual heartbeats and also to a hissing sound
which the machine accidentally developed. A
frightened or disturbed pregnant mother could
be expected to show variations from the normal
pattern of heartbeat and breathing. Her baby
then might be disturbed by the resulting tactile,
auditory, and kinesthetic stimuli. Either by
themselves, or added to the effects of the
endocrines in the blood, these stimuli could
be significant prenatal influence. (p. 33)

Dr. Akira Sugiyama (personal communication), claimed

that hearing these sounds has a "calming" influence on the

infant and reported that 100 percent of 403 crying newborns

were calmed (stopped crying) with a mean of 41 seconds

after onset of the heartbeat recording. This calming effect

may be due to a classical conditioning process completed

before birth, where the mother's heartbeat served as the

CS and the UCS was the stimuli associated with the womb

environment itself. The fetus may respond by becoming in-

active. This appears feasible since Murooka (1974) re-

ported the neonate was calmed by essentially the same

sound heard in utero, which included the heartbeat.

Contrasting Salk's postulations and Murooka's as yet

unpublished work, Brackbill, Adams, Crowell and Gray (1966)

contended that activity levels in infants decreased under

continuous auditory stimulation which was also reported in

an earlier study by Weiss (1934). Brackbill, et al. (1966)

compared no sound versus any sound including heartbeat

and found that the heartbeat condition did not quiet the

infants more than any other prolonged auditory stimulus.

Brackbill (1970) varied the quality of the acoustic

stimulus presented to infants and measured the level of

arousal by state, respiration, heart rate and motor activity.

The aforementioned qualities included no sound, intermittent

sound, or continuous sound. She reported that level of

arousal was decreased by continuous sound and increased by

intermittent sound when compared to the no sound condition.

Keen, Chase and Graham (1965) reported that a ten

second moderately intense auditory stimulus not only ac-

celerated the neonate's heartbeat, but was a condition to

which the neonate readily habituated. However, a brief

acceleration in heart rate showed no habituation effect in

30 trials over two days. While the ten second condition

hardly qualified as an intermittent auditory stimulus,

when Salk (1966) "played" a heartbeat sound for four con-

tinuous days, it was more effective than the two second

stimulation in accelerating heart rate. The ten second

condition was also habituated to much more readily. The

intensity of sound on infant cardiac and motor behavior

was investigated by Steinschneider, Lipton and Rich-ond

(1966). They presented five second white noise bursts of

55, 70, 85, and 100 db. and a silence condition. All nine

infants responded to a stimulus intensity of 70 db. Other

results reported were that motor responses increased and

their latency decreased with increasing intensity of stimula-

tion. The cardiac measure showed that as the sound intensity

increased, the heartbeat latency decreased and the dura-

tion of the faster heartbeat was longer.

Several researchers in early learning processes have

considered a developing entity that is completely immersed

in amniotic fluid, that is the human fetus. Fetal activity

was probably first reliably recorded by Ray (1932) by using

three tambors taped to the mother's abdomen and masked for

her respiratory responses. A majority of these types of

studies have some purpose other than just recording when

a fetus moves. Sontag and Wallace (1935) reported that a

reliable increase in fetal movement followed a 120 cps.

sound applied to the mother's abdomen. The latency for

this fetal movement was sometimes as long as one minute.

The authors reported that this phenomenon appeared at

the thirty-first week of intra-uterine life and increased

in magnitude as birth approached. Newberry (1941) studied

fetal mcvement by mechanical means and from mothers reports.

Slow sq-irming, quick jerks and a rhythmic series of quick

movements were distinguishable and appeared to follow a

pattern within five lunar months. Newberry (1941) reported

that squirming type motions increased while kicking

decreased rapidly in the last two prenatal months.

Fitzgerald and Kindle (1942) found that if the amniotic

sac was tapped lightly, reflexes of the trunk and appendages

were apparent. They observed this reaction in three of fifteen

fetuses seven to eight weeks of menstrual age when the

sac was intact and still contained fluid but was surgically

removed from the mother. In addition, the fetuses had to

have their circulation unimpaired and as the inevitable

anoxia progressed the reactions rapidly ceased. Similar

studies have been performed by Bridgman and Carmichael

(1935) and Rose (1941) with consistent results for various

menstrual ages of the fetuses' they tested. Probably the

most complete compilation of fetal activity studies and

their implications was published by Hooker (1952). Among

some very physiologically based observations, a chronological

account of the fetuses responding to tactile stimulation

was contained within his text titled, The Prenatal Oricin

of Behavior, (1952).

Other researchers have studies the relationship of

fetal behaviors to a host of other factors. For example,

Harris and Harris (1946) found mot-ers can reliably

report fetal movements and that there was a rapid increase

in strength and number during the period when first

noticed. Interestingly, their data showed the mother's

fatigue did not predict fetal acti-Tty but that the fetus

did tend to be more active at the =lose of the day.

Margoshes and Collins (1965) note the maternal heartbeat

and its function explained dominant= of right-handedness.

They hypothesized that an evolutionary advantage is gained

by right handed mothers who more naturally hold their infant

on the left side to free their dor.-ant right hand. But

78 percent of left handed mothers also hold their babies

on the left side. It is reasoned tat the biological

advantage evolved because mothers vto held neonates on

their left side had calmer babies. They were being held

on the same side as the mother's heart and "the sound of

the mother's heartbeat is nurturanz to the neonate, who

has been prenatally conditioned to her heartbeat" (p. 443).

Richards. Newberry and Fallga=rer (1938) studied

activity of the fetus and the mother's basal metabolic

rate and found very low correlatices. They did report

that, "there is a peak of activity during the eighth and

ninth lunar month, with a dropping; off at the tenth month"

(p. 78). In a study by Richards and Newberry (1938),

they investigated the power of fetal activity being reported

by the mother as a predictor of performance on test items

administered six months postnatally. The items were 46

Gesell Schedule items given at six months plus or minus

four days. After casually observing that their rcst

active subjects as fetuses were also precocious c- certain

motor tasks and that the converse was also fairly constant,

they took their more statistically treatable data and

analyzed it. They reported that the correlation between

fetal activity and Gesell performance, isn't hich. They

stated, "However although they are based on only a few cases,

they are consistently positive, and large enough to be

reliable" (p. 68). Based on a study by the authors and

Ruth Fallgatter (1938) including these results they continue,

". there would seem to be a factor or group of factors

common throughout fetal life, which are still present at

six months of age" (p. 76).

The relationship of fetal movement to a sou- stimulus

outside the mother has been studied by several investigators

and extensions of that relationship have been reported by

Ray (1932) and Spelt (1938), (1948). Ray and Spe-t were

involved with conditioning fetal movements to a ribrotactile

stimulus which served as the CS and a loud sudfan noise

served as the UCS. Ray (1932) applied the CS for five

seconds by tambors taped upside down to the mother's ab-

domen. This was followed by the onset of the UCS delivered

by triggering a modified rat trap in a wooden bcx near the

mother's abdomen.

Although Ray's attempts at conditioning were not very

successful and he used only one subject, he felt strongly

enough about his apparatus and data to conclude that ac-

curate records could be made of fetal movements made in

response to sounds emitted from outside the mother. Spelt

(1938) explored the possibility of classically conditioning

a fetus in utero but his most conclusive work was reported

in 1948.

Spelt (1948) reported in the summary of this study,

"Utilizing a vibrotactile CS and a loud noise as UCS, it

was possible to establish a CR in the human fetus in utero

during the last two months of gestation. Some 15-20 paired

stimulations were required to establish the response to

the point at which one could anticipate three or four suc-

cessive responses to CS alone, but additional practice made

possible as many as eleven successive CR's. Experimental

extinction, spontaneous recovery, and retention of the

response over a three week interval were demonstrated"

(pp. 345, 346).

Spelt (1948) reported that leg activity was much

greater than any other body part of the fetus that was

recorded. Leg movement in infants has been noted as a

response that is easily repeatable and occurs naturally

(Deitz, 1972). In operant conditioning paradigms where the

S is active, responses must meet certain requirements as

Sheppard (1969) noted. He stated, "The leg kick in infants

has a great deal to recommend it. The response is rot

subject to multiple sources of control; infants can perform

it rapidly with little effort, and no apparent fatigue;

the operant level is above zero and the maximum response

rate is quite high . ." (p. 48). Operant conditioning

of leg movements in infants where an auditory reinforcer

was used has been demonstrated by Rovee and Rovee (1969)

using ten week old infants.

For their CS, both Ray (1932) and Spelt (1938, 1948)

employed a vibrotactile stimulus for their studies in

classical conditioning. The use of vibrotactile stimula-

tion as a reinforcer for infants was reported by Schaefer

(1960). A seven month old was observed prolonging contact

with an electric hair cutter by turning his head and

making postural adjustments. The electric hair cutter was

eventually replaced by an electric tooth brush. When ap-

plied to any part of the child's body he would show a

preference for contact with his head. When this subject

was 17 months old, the vibratory stimulus was effective

as a secondary reinforcer in shaping medicine taking be-

havior for a temporary childhood illness. Schaefer in

reporting this phenomenonstated, "It would be interesting

to establish whether the application of vibration is more

effective when applied locally or generally (as when a

vibrator is attached to the crib) and whether its effective-

ness is limited to certain individuals. So far nobody has

pointed out harmful effects of vibration on children" (P. 160).

Vibration of an auditory sort also has been researched

from the standpoint of an imprinted stimulus. The stimulus

prenatally imprinted is the sound of the heartbeat and

according to Salk (1966), it has influenced our art, music,

dance, handedness and several other factors. He has ap-

proached the question experimentally, anthropologically,

and comparatively. He was not concerned with the associate

type learning in either fetuses or infants and he clearly

defined his use of the term.

Imprinting is distinguished from associative
learning in that the conditions under which
imprinting occurs do not provide any reward
in association with their stimulus. The ef-
fects of associative learning can be altered
but in the case of imprinting, the effects
are irreversible. Furthermore in association
learning the spacing of practice trials rather
than massing is most effective, in imprinting
the converse is true. (p. 295)

Salk (1966) further makes his point on human imprinting

and its manifestations in our music, dance and various

rhythms associated with the heartbeat as a fetus.

A question still remains in connection with
imprinting in the human. It was said earlier
that aspects of adult behaviour are influenced
by an imprinted stimulus even though the
pattern of responding to that stimulus may not
have been developed at the time of imprinting.
We must ask ourselves, "What elements are there
in adult behavior that might have been in-
fluenced by imprinting?" To answer this question
we merely have to look at some very obvious
facts. In most, if not all, cultures throughout
the world man engages in dance and musical ex-
pression. The universality of this behavior,
in spite of cultural differences, provides
fairly clear evidence that it is related to man's
biological nature. The fact that the rhythm of

the heartbeat, the rhythm of breathing and
the rhythm of walking, cannot be overlooked.
The sensory experiences provided by music
and dance are indeed similar to those sensory
experiences received during prenatal life.
Music and dance are the result of i-printing
and are created and experienced by ran in his
attempt to remain in proximity with imprinted
stimuli. (p. 302)

Salk has been cited earlier in studies involving handed-

ness (Margoshes& Collins, 1965) but Salk's 1966 data involved

some research into art and biological tendencies for survival.

In examining paintings and pieces of sculpture
created during the past few hundred years which
involve a child being held by an adult, it was
observed that among 466 such works of art, 373
or 80 percent were constructed so that the child
was on the side closest to the adult's heart.
The automatic tendency of the huLan mother
to hold her child close to the heart requires
additional explanation. It is not the character
of nature to provide living organisms with
biological tendencies unless such tendencies
have survival value. (p. 302)

Salk (1966) cited several other experimental type

studies lending support to his hypothesis and he concluded

his argument concerning imprinting with a simple explanation

of how it operates and what value it has for other types

of learning.

This discussion of experimental evidence together
with evidence based on naturalistic observations
concerning the problem of imprinting, will be
incomplete unless we deal with it in its most
basic sense. By this is meant, the role imprinting
plays in the development of living organisms.
To begin with, under natural conditions the im-
printed stimuli serve to bring the developing
organism into proximity with conditions that
enhance its survival. There is not only direct
protective value resulting from this at a time
when the developing organism is helpless, but it
serves as the base for all later learning.

Imprinting compels the organism to seek con-
tinued sensory stimulation by coming into
contact with its environment and by so doing
enhances the development of behavior patterns
that have adaptive value, through associative
learning. (p. 303)

The work of Salk (1962) demonstrated the relationship

between heartbeat and infant behaviors. while e there remains

some questions concerning the effect of heartbeat on

specific behaviors, the evidence from the studies just re-

viewed support the position that heartbeat serves as a

powerful stimulus for conditioning in the fetus.

The choice of leg kick as a response to be conditioned

is supported by the work of both Sheppard (1969) and Deitz

(1972). The leg kick is easily conditioned and is easy to

measure. The leg kick will be the dependent variable for

the present study.

Given what has been reviewed in the relevant literature

concerning development aspects, differences in methodology

and the confusion in the learning research, the author of

the present study saw a need to investigate the differences

in leg kicking activity of infants as they were exposed to

a heartbeat sound presented in air compared to hearing the

same sound underwater. Additionally, the differences between

the leg kicking activity for the underwater heartbeat condi-

tion and four other underwater control sound conditions were

investigated. The procedures for collecting the data and

treating it are described in the next chapter.



In order to investigate the differences in infant leg

kicking, infants were expos_- to a heartbeat sound in air

and the same sound underwatr-. Also, four other underwater

sound conditions were used is controls. The procedures

to achieve this are present in this chapter.

The procedures used it the present study were designed

to yield data to insure appropriate testing of the following

two hypotheses. Stated in :zll form, the two hypotheses

for the present study were:

There will be no difference in mean kicking
rates for an underwater audio taped human
heartbeat when compare: to the same tape
recording transmitted t-ough air.

There will be no difference in mean kicking
rates for an underwater audio taped human
heartbeat when compare- to underwater presenta-
tions of rhythmic musir, white noise and human

With those hypotheses in mind, the following procedures

were followed. Each infanr -as brought to the swimming pool

at the same time each aftercon in a bathing suit used

exclusively for this experiment. The infants were not sup-

posed to eat anything for r-c hours before they were brought

to the pool.

The assistant loaded all the audio c=a=ette tapes in

the proper sequence, tested all remaining apparatus and

prepared to begin the sequence of sound cr:ditions for

that day. The E was blind to when a souni condition was

going to be presented except for the surface heartbeat

condition. On the five days when the surface heartbeat

condition was first in the sequence, the =ild was placed

on its back on a towel between the two surface speakers.

Following that condition, they were brouch: into the water

and adapted to the water by the E before sie underwater

trials began.

Prior to the first underwater trial =- the first day of

the experiment each infant was operantly nditioned to

close the mouth while underwater. This was accomplished

by employing air as a primary reinforcer ;-d a squeeze to

the child's chest by the E as a secondary reinforcer. All

six subjects came under the stimulus contr-l of being

underwater within four shaping trials. rD-ing the five

days when the underwater trials were firs,. the infant

was adapted to the water before the trials began. For the

underwater conditions, the infant was released by the E

between the two underwater speaker units. The assistant

would choose if this event was to be a trial. If it was a

trial, the movie camera was operated which also activated

the tape player to present the sound condition. In this

manner, the E was blinded to the conditic: presentation.

When the trial was over the assistant wou:I signal the E

and the child would be picked up.

During the five days when the surface heartbeat

condition was last, the infant was placed between the

surface speakers, the event was filmed, and then the

infant was taken home. The mothers were instructed not

to put drops in the ears after the lesson ncr was any ot-er

special treatment to be given to the infants.

Conditions were as follows: (1) Silence; (2) Mother's

Voice; (3) "Sleeping Beauty;" (4) White Noise; (5) Surface

Heartbeat; and (6) Underwater Heartbeat.

Each condition had a duration of five seconds althc-zt

the tapes were made for seven seconds duration. The silence

condition was employed as a pure control while the white

noise condition served as a control for the presentation =f

all frequencies between 20 and 20,000 cps. The mother's

voice condition was recorded prior to the trials for day

one. Each mother read into a tape player after a sound

level had been taken for her voice level. They each

recorded the following passage:

Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting
by her sister on the bank and of having nothing
to do; once or twice she had peeped ints the book
her sister was reading, but it had not pictures
or conversations in it. "And what is the use of a
book;" thought Alice, "without pictures or

This condition was used as a control for familiar sound

that is their mother's own voice.

Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" (Panora-a) was used as

a control for a rhythmic, soothing presentation. The


heartbeat condition was recorded once and the same tape

was used for both the surface and underwater sound condi-

tions. This condition comprised the experimental condition

for the hypotheses being tested in this study.

Table 1
Schedule of Presentations of Sound Conditions
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

C 5 1 5 3 5 4 5 6 5 6
0 1 6 3 1 4 6 2 3 4 1
D 2 3 2 4 3 2 1 4 3 3
S3 4 1 6 2 1 6 1 2 4
I 4 2 6 2 1 3 4 2 6 2
S6 5 4 5 6 5 3 5 1 5

1) Silence 4) White Noise
2) Mother's Voice 5) Heartbeat,Surface
3) "Sleeping Beauty" 6) Heartbeat,Water

The order of presentation of the six conditions to each

subject over a ten day period is summarized in Table 1. The

six conditions were assigned at random except for condition

number five. Since the infant was out of the water for

this presentation, it was decided to give the condition

either first or last. Giving this condition first everyday

when the infant was "fresh" might confound the results. The

same would be true for giving this condition last everyday.

It was decided that on odd nu-bered days the heartbeat heard

at the surface would be first and on even days it would be

presented last. An explanation of how these conditions were

recorded is found in the apparatus section of this paper.


The experimental space for this study was the shallow

end of a rectangular swimming pool. The hardware included

a cassette tape player, a stereo amplifier, two surface

speakers, two underwater speaker units and a movie camera

in an underwater housing. A more complete description of

the apparatus including technical characteristics is in-

cluded in the Appendix.

The underwater speakers were two five inch circular

speakers rated at 70-15,000 hz. at ten watts. The speakers

were mounted in a fiberglass shell that was waterproofed

with a plastic film and plastic tape covering. The film

and tape combination allowed the face of the shell to act

as a diaphragm to transduce the acoustic vibration from

air to water. Three such speakers were constructed although

only two were used. All three speakers were balanced and

calibrated with the two most similar speakers being used.

Balancing and calibration was achieved by submerging a

dynamic microphone two feet away from the speaker unit as

it emitted white noise at a present decibel level. The shells

were bolted to four foot boards that had 20 pound weights

which served to anchor the speaker units in position. Each

unit was positioned four feet apart and facing each other

with the speaker four inches underwater (See Figures 1 and

2, Appendix).

The surface speakers were calibrated and balanced in

air by the same procedure as the underwater speakers. The

left channel speaker appeared somewhat stronger so ap-

propriate compensations were made with the amplifier to

equalize the surface speakers. In their dark oak cabinets,

these units physically resembled the underwater units.

Both the surface and underwater speaker units were connected

to the amplifier by braided audio cable.

The cassette tape player was a battery operated Sony

Cassette Corder connected to the amplifier with a standard

audio jack. The magnetic recording tape used to record

the sound conditions was "Memorex" TM 60.

The mother's voice condition was recorded before the

first session and retaped so the decibel level in air was

115 db for each mother's presentation. Three of the other

sound conditions were recorded directly from a stereo record

via recording jacks. Those three sound conditions were

Sleeping Beauty"and the two heartbeat conditions. The

silence condition was presented with all the audio equipment

turned off. The white noise condition was recorded from a

white noise generator. All underwater presentations were

recorded so that reasonable fidelity could be achieved when

these sound conditions were boosted 50 db to 115 db as

calibrated in air. This increase was necessary to make the

db level equal for air (65) and underwater conditions (115).

A single eight movie camera in an underwater housing

was used to film the underwater and surface trials. The

camera was operated by a direct pressure trigger very

similar to a mechanical cable release used in various photo-

graphic situations. Linked to the trigger was a toggle

switch leading to the cassette player. When the camera

was operated, sound conditions were automatically presented

except in the silence condition. The film used was ASA 25

and ASA 200 with appropriate filters and lenses used for

appropriate film documentation. The exposed film was sent

to a professional processing laboratory and returned in 50

foot reels. Immediate inspection revealed all the film

was properly focused and exposed suitably for coding.

All batteries used to power the camera and cassette

tape player were removed and recharged at the end of each


The water temperature in the pool was constantly

monitored with a photographic thermometer and recorded for

each child as they entered the water. The water chemistry

was checked each day twenty minutes before the first subject

arrived. Only pH and chlorine levels were tested so ap-

propriate levels could be maintained.


Two female and four male infants aged ten and one half

months plus or minus twelve days served as subjects for

this study. Each subject received all six conditions of

the experiment each day. Three of the subjects were obtained

from lists maintained by a local birth study group and the

other three were referred to the E by one of the original

three mothers. The parentss were informed about all facets

of the experiment an: told that, after the experiment was

over, the E would teitc all of the infants involved to

swim. All parents consented to have their infant participate

in the study and sir-d the standard consent form required

of researchers using human subjects at the University of


Each infant's ha-ring was normal as tested by a

pediatrician as part of a regular checkup, and reported to

the E by the mother :f each child. They were not supposed

to be fed during the rto hours prior to the sessions each

day to prevent vomit ng of water they may have ingested.

This would unduly fatgue them and could have possibly in-

fluenced the data. 5cne of the infants vomited water or

food during the exper-aental trials. Each infant came in

a consistent bathing suit but one of the female subjects

started the experiment in a suit which was too small in the

arms and had to switr to a larger sized suit. It should

be pointed out that t-e suit did not constrict the move-

ments of her legs or lower body in any way.

Each mother reported that her infant tended to sleep

more in an afternoon r;ap and that the infant's appetites

seemed to improve. Five of the six mothers continued after

the experiment to bring their infants for swimming lessons.

At fourteen months of age they are finally proficient

swimmers. They can tick and stroke with their arms to

propel themselves ani roll over onto their backs for air

when needed. One of the female s'-ects swam fifty meters

unassisted at fourteen months of a:e. During that swim,

she rolled over on her back to brezane twenty-one times and

flipped over on her sto-ach to conte.ue swimming.


Initially the films were played on a regular single

eight movie projector to assess thn:r quality which was

deemed by the E to be acceptable fir coding. Coding was

accomplished independently by the C and an assistant familiar

with counting infant aquatic behav:=rs. The subjects on

each roll of film were identified Ezd the sound condition

being filmed was also identified. "his listing of subjects

and conditions became the raw data sheet.

Following this inspection and identification the film

was cut into 90-frame segments. IZzety frames on single

eight film is equal to five seconds of real time. Each

ninety frame segment was projected and each time the subject

returned the foot that was initiall- closer to the surface

at the beginning of the film trial rt was counted as one

kick underwater. The quality of d;th of both feet at the

beginning of the trial was assessed by use of a projection

screen that had one inch grids draz on it.

The surface condition footage v-s coded by simply

counting any right leg extension t-e movement as a kick.

Since the segments were cut into urLts known to be five

seconds long, it was possible for t-z coders to use the stop

action and slow motion projectors to code each sez-ent

more carefully. The E had eleven years experience with

counting infant aquatic behaviors and the assistant had

five years experience in the same area. After each had

coded independently it was found that perfect agreement

existed among their records of the segments they coded.

Rates of kicks per second were cc-pleted by dividing

the number of kicks by five. These rates became t-e

dependent variable in a two way analysis of variance with

the ten days and six conditions serving as the independent


The design of the experiment involved each cf the six

subjects receiving all six sound conditions each day for

ten days. The subject's were not matched and the order of

administration of the sound conditions was not ra-don each

day for each subject. Each subject received the sound

conditions in the order presented in Table 1. The design

best suited to interpret the data as collected by these

procedures was a randomized block factorial desic= (Kirk,

1968, p. 237).

In addition to those two major hypotheses stated

earlier, three other comparisons of reans were performed.

The coefficients for all five planned nonorthogoral compari-

sons are shown in Table 2. These coefficients are arranged

for each comparison so that when each is multiplied by its

respective mean, the sum of the rows must equal zero if

the means are equal.

Table 2

Condition Mean Coefficients for Five
Planned Non-Orthogonal Comparisons

Mother's Sleeping White beat Heartbeat
Silence Voice Beauty Noise in Air Underwater
O 1 3 -1 -1 -1 0 0
P 2 0 1 0 0 0 -1
R 3 0 0 1 0 0 -1
S 4 0 0 0 0 1 -1
N 5 0 1 1 1 0 -3

For example in comparison number 1, the silence condi-

tion is being compared to three other conditions. To equate

the comparison to zero, the mean for the silence condition

is multiplied by three and the mean for each of the other

three conditions is multiplied by minus one.

Comparison number one indicated the differences between

the means for the silence condition underwater and the

three other underwater control conditions: mother's voice,

"SleepingBeauty"and white noise. Comparison number two

examined differences between the mother's voice condition

and the underwater heartbeat presentation. Comparison

number three showed if any differences exist between the

underwater control condition for rhythmical properties

represented by the Sleeping Beauty"presentation and the

underwater heartbeat condition. Comparison number four


was designed to show any differences in the underwater

heartbeat condition and the heartbeat transmitted in air

condition. That comparison was the test for hypothesis

number one. Comparison number five tested the differences

between the means for the mother's voice, 'sleeping Beauty,"

and white noise which were all presented underwater, and

the heartbeat underwater condition. That comparison was

the test for hypothesis number two. Complete results for

all of the above comparisons are reported in Chapter IV.



This study examined the differences between the means

for infant leg kicking behavior for infants exposed to an

underwater heartbeat sound when compared to a heartbeat

sound presented in air. This study also examined the dif-

ferences between the means for the underwater sound condi-

tions that served as controls and the underwater heartbeat


There were three other comparisons made as described

in Chapter III, but the two hypotheses that were tested

formed the research problem stated above. In order to

analyze the data collected using the procedures described

earlier in Chapter III, the data were submitted on cards

to a computer at the North East Regional Data Center in

Gainesville, Florida. The program used was under release

76.4 of the Statistical Analysis System to the University

of Florida. An analysis of variance was performed by the

computer. The program was adapted to relate any interaction

between days and conditions. In addition, the means for

subjects, days, conditions and conditions by days were

demanded of the program.

Prior to proceeding with the planned comparisons,

a test of the day by condition interaction was conducted

and the results indicated no interaction (F (45,295) = 1.01,

p < .01).

Since the condition effect was found to be consistent

across days, the condition data were pooled over days and

tests of the main effect were conducted as planned. The

results of these tests are summarized in Table 3. To

demonstrate whether a significant difference existed between

the means in a planned non-orthogonal comparison,

Dunn's procedure was used. Five planned comparisons were

made among the six conditions.

For comparisons number 2, 3, and 4 in Table 3 where the

alpha was set at .01, the critical difference was calculated

to be .1365. For comparisons number 1 and 5 in Table 3,

where the alpha was set at .01, the critical difference was

calculated to be .3345.

By comparing the observed differences in Table 3 with

the appropriate critical difference as reported above,

comparison number 2, 3, 4 and 5 in Table 3 were significant

at the p< .01 level.

The hypothesis stating that there would not be a

significant difference in mean kicking rates for an infant

underwater when presented with an audio taped human heart-

beat when compared to the same tape recording transmitted

through air was rejected. That comparison is related as

number 4 in Table 3. The hypothesis stating that there would

not be a significant difference in mean kicking rates for

Table 3

Mean Kick Rate per Second for Six Conditions and
Calculated Observed Differences

1 2 3 4 5 6
M11 11tel ( 01-I.II.q Uill 1I IBasi 1IL)- f Ca 11. I ia-
Bilenoe Voioe Beauty Noise Air Water

.74 .68 .80 .75 .10 .34

Observed Differences (Dunn)


(1) 1 vs 2,3,4
(2) 2 vs 6
(3) 3 vs 6
(4) 5 vs 6
(5) 2,3,4 vs 6





#Example: (.74 x 3) + (.68 x -1) + (.80 x -1) + (.75 x -1) = -.01
*Sig. at .01 level.



an infant underwater when presented with an audio taped

human heartbeat when compared to underwater transmission

conditions of rhythmic music, white noise and human speech

was rejected. That ccmparis:n is related as number 5 in

Table 3.

The implications for t-ese results as well as the

relationship of the other comparisons performed on the mean

kicking rates under various sound conditions will be dis-

cussed in the next chapter.



Some of the results of previous research cited in

Chapter II are related to the results of this study as

reported in Chapter IV. For example, the research into

hearing in the neonates and infants showed that they require

an elevated sound intensity threshold. Generally, it must

be sixty-five decibels or higher in order t= be effective.

The effectiveness of sound stimulation as ia independent

variable with regard to a number of dependent measures such

as bodily activity, cardiac and respiratory activity, and

the effects of habituation are well represented in the

literature. Studies where the intensity le-.els were sixty-

five decibels or higher yielded some significant results or

at least did not incur criticism from later researchers con-

cerning the sound intensity parameter. In criticizing

Tulloch et al. (1964), Brackbill et al. (1i6) stated that

their failure to replicate Salk's (1962) findings was due

to the lower level of the sound stimulus (43 db.). This is

roughly 20 db. below the effective threshold for neonates

and infants. The decibel level for the transmission of

sound through air in the present study was 65 db. The

change in amplitude of the sounds transmitted through


water was available from Hamilton (1957) where the intensity

had to be raised 45 db. to 60 db. above the threshold

established in air for equal underwater perception. The

decibel level as calibrated in air for the underwater

presentations for the present study was 115.

The duration of the sound presentation for each trial

followed the parameters researched by Stubbs (1934). hat

research showed that bodily reactions were effected better

by durations of five and fifteen seconds for infants hearing

pounds at 70 and 95 db. In the present study, even a ten

second trial underwater would have been too long. Since

Stubbs found the five second duration acceptable and the

concern of this study's author for infant breath holding

capacity underwater, the five second duration was used.

It was also felt that a sound duration of five seconds

had less chance of being habituated to although research

by Moreau et al. (1970) may disagree. It should be noted

that previous research into the influences of habituatizc

on sound parameters with infants has involved acoustic

and not underwater hearing.

One of the underwater sound conditions involved hearing

the mother's voice. Research by Hutt et al. (1968) shci-d

neonates are behaviorally most responsive to fundamental

frequencies found in the range of the human voice. Again, Hutt

et al. conducted the research in the air while the present

study had both an air and water condition. This "familiar"

sound" was not as effective in calming the bodily activity

as recorded by leg kicking of the infant, as the heart-

beat sound heard underwater.

Other properties of the physical environment have

been studied concerning this calming effect on infants.

Weiss (1934) showed that light alone had a calming effect

and sound alone in darkness also had a calming effect.

This present study was conducted at the same time each

day in an outdoor pool. The light intensity of the sun was

consistent as there were very few clouds in the sky during

the ten day period of the data collection. If light

intensity was a factor in calming the infants, it was a

consistent factor for all ten days and all six subjects in

the study. The number of days of observation for this study

agree with the median of observations made by McGraw (1939a).

She observed forty-two different infants with a median of

ten observations per infant. A lack of control over the

infants and their parents seems to be a cause for a rather

large range but rather small total number of observations

cited in the research.

Research by Grimwade, Walker and wood (1970) examined

the sound properties of the womb and also reported how

sound stimulation of the fetus influenced activity. The

present study with the underwater sound conditions and

particularly the underwater heart beat condition to some

degree simulated a womb-type environment. If fetal condi-

tioning or at least fetal imprinting to sounds such as a

heartbeat heard in utero is possible, then at least the

hearing capacities of the fetus must be delineated. Kellogg

(1941) and Forbes and Forbes, (1927) showed that the fetus

can hear fairly well from about the seventh month of

gestation on. Hearing sounds as a fetus may be one thing

but conditioning a fetus to react to a sound produced out-

side the mother's abdomen was the work of Ray (1932),

Sontag and Wallace (1935) and Spelt (1938, 1948). The

present study did not investigate any relationship of fetal

movement or conditioning per se but rather, some of the

sounds that the infant could have heard as a fetus and how

those sounds differentially influenced kicking behavior in

infants. The present study showed there was a significant

difference between the simulated womb environment heart-

beat condition and any other sound heard while in this

environment. That finding agrees with Salk (1966) where

he stated that the heartbeat sound heard by the fetus was

imprinted and associated with the womb environment. Murooka

(1974) said this heartbeat sound had a calming influence in

newborns and that too agrees with the findings of this


Since the heartbeat has been reported to be imprinted

on the fetus (Salk, 1966), any comparison involving that

sound would require appropriate control conditions. The

heartbeat as a sound condition would have to have controls

for its rhythmical sound properties, controls for its

frequencies and, because it is heard by the fetus in the

womb and the infant as it is fed, it must also have a

control that is also a familiar sound. Those controls

were represented in this study by Tchaikcvsky's"Sleerinf

Beauty," white noise and the motherly voice respectively.

Salk (1966) however, goes further than anyone else by

stating that this early imprinted heart sound serves as

the base for all later learning.

If the environment where the heartbeat is heard in

utero is simulated, that condition should have greater in-

fluence because of the site of the imprinting than if the

sound is heard in a dissimilar environment. As reported in

the present study, there was a significant difference in

the means of the heartbeat underwater condition and the con-

dition where the heartbeat was heard in air.

While it is true that sound has different characteristics

in water than in air, it may be that the way sound is heard

by a fetus in the womb and an infant underwater are

drastically different. The infant may be adapting air

hearing techniques rather than reverting back to fetal

hearing techniques. It is possible that those transforma-

tions rather than the sounds themselves may account for

some of the differences in the air versus underwater heart-

beat comparisons. Where the means for some sound conditions

presented underwater were compared with the underwater heart-

beat condition and a significant difference was found, it

could be the nature of any pulsing sound would have produced

these results. In that case, the imprinted stimulus Salk

(1966) cites as having greater calming value would break

down somewhat.

TWe author of the present study feels that the heart-

beat s:und may be imprinted but researchers must simulate

the e--ironment in which the imprinting took place if

their research is to properly show any relationship con-

cernin- that sound and any later behavior.

"Te scope of the present study was deliberately limited

and designed to test the two hypotheses. Due to the small

N in ~Be present study and the uniqueness of the procedures,

care should be taken in generalizing these results to

other areass of research. However, this study does generate

some interesting areas for further investigation. For

instance, if a fetuswereexposed to a 1,000 cps. tone

for a period of time each day after the sixth month of

gestation, what would the influence of that sound condition

have = that individual as an infant if it were one of

the uierwater sound conditions as described in the present

study? It would also be interesting to have several sub-

jects participate in this type study and to test them at

birth and at three ronth intervals until they are two-years-

old. Would the responses, if they were different initially,

dissipate over time? Would the differential responding to

the heartbeat as reported in this study change over time?

Good research doesn't prove, it probes relationships. For

the implications bolily put forty by Salk (1966) and

others this area of investigation needs more probing of

relationships and less proving of implications.

The present stur- examined the differences in leg

kicking rates for six infants ages ten and one half months

old as they heard fire seconds of a heartbeat sound while

underwater as compared to hearing the heartbeat sound in

air for five seconds.

A comparison was also made between the heartbeat sound

presented underwater and three other sounds presented

underwater. Those three other underwater sound presenta-

tions were rhythmic rusic, white noise and human speech

all being presented fzr five seconds.

Significantly less kicking was observed for the

heartbeat heard in air condition than when the heartbeat

sound was presented a the infant underwater.

When the underwa:er heartbeat sound condition, which

was a tape made from a human female heartbeat recorded in

utero, was presented to the infant subjects, they kicked

significantly less t-2n when they heard the other under-

water sound conditions. The first underwater sound

condition, the heart-eat condition, was compared to a

control condition for any rhythmical sound as represented

for this study by TcZhikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty."

Another underwater sound was.!esigned to serve as

a control for any sound being he-. underwater. This

condition was presented by playing "white noise" or fre-

quencies between 20 and 20,000 cps. simultaneously.

The final underwater conditi=: was designed to

control for a familiar sound that -te subjects heard

previously. That condition was created by having each

subject's mother record herself rieaing the introduction

to Alice in Wonderland.

A comparison of those three =derwater sound conditions

mentioned above to the underwater heartbeat showed the

infants kicked significantly less :o the heartbeat sound

than to the other underwater souni-.

The present study has demonstrated the crucial importance

of replicating the environmental meditions when comparing

early and later learning in the fe-is and neonate. The

results of the present study appear to be supportive of an

imprinting explanation of early learning. Present theories

of learning in children and adults do not emphasize the role

of imprinting. The development of educational models of

how learning occurs should examine the role imprinting plays

in early learning. A clearer explimation of the role of

imprinting in early learning may contribute to our better

understanding of learning in and Dz of the classroom through

associative learning procedures.


Technical information concerning the apparatus

described in Chapter III is presented here. The construc-

tion of the underwater speaker units is descriLed followed

by relevant information concerning the surface s-eakers,

the tape player and tapes. The video components used in

the experiments are described and include the mo-ie camera,

the underwater case for it and the film that was used.

Finally, the technical information concerning the electrical

systems employed in the data collection are described.

The underwater speakers were two circular five inch

air suspension speakers (40-1909) manufactured hy Tandy

Corporation. They were rated at 70-15,000 Hertz with an

impedance of 8 ohms. Each of these speakers were suspended

via monofilament line inside a fiberglass shell. The face

of each shell was covered with polyurethane filn produced

by Dow Chemical Company. Further water proofing was ac-

complished by water-proof plastic tape produced ty the 3M

Company. The film and tape combination allowed the face

of the shell to act as a diaphragm to transduce the acoustic

vibration from air to water. Although only two speakers

were used underwater, three were constructed with the third

being a back-up unit. All three underwater specers were

balanced and calibrated by means of a VU meter. A dynamic


microphone (Realistic 33-1034) with sensitivity in the

150-10,000 Hertz range and rated at 200 ohms impedance.

This microphone was submerged two feet away from the

speaker as the speaker emitted white noise at a preset decibel

level. The microphone was plugged into a Sony Stereocorder

"Reel to Reel" and the sensitive VU meter in this unit

served as the calibration instrument. It was found that

two of the speakers were virtually identical with the third

requiring only slight modification to become equivalent

to the other two underwater speakers. Two bolts were im-

bedded in the back of the fiberglass shells so the units

could be bolted to the support frames. The frames were

made out of 1' x 12' cypress shelving boards with a twenty

pound weight attached to the bottom. The weights served

to securely anchor the speaker units in position. Both

units were positioned facing each other four feet apart

with the center of each speaker six inches underwater.

The two surface speakers were eight ohm, ten watt units

manufactured by Mitsubishi Electrical Corporation. They

were calibrated and balanced in air by the same procedures

as the underwater speakers. The left channel speaker

measured stronger, so appropriate compensations were made

to the speaker and the amplifier to equalize the two sur-

face units. In their dark oak cabinets, these units

physically resembled the underwater units. Both the sur-

face and the underwater speakers were connected to the MGA

model SA-10 twenty-two watt amplifier by braided audio cable.

The cassette tape player was a Sony Cassette-Corder

manufactured by Sony Inc. It operated on four GE 1.25

volt Rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium Batteries that were

recharged daily. The tape player was connected to the

amplifier by means of a standard audio jack linking the

female monitor plug on the cassette player and the "play"

receptor of the amplifier unit.

The magnetic recording tape used to record the sound

conditions was "Memorex" TM 60 audio cassette tape manu-

factured by Audio Magnetic Corporation. The mother's voice

condition was recorded before the first session and they

were retaped so the decibel level in air was 115 db. for

each mother's presentation. Three of the other sound condi-

tions were recorded directly from the Capitol St-11421 stereo

album Lullaby from the Womb via recording jacks. The white

noise condition was recorded from a white noise generator.

All underwater presentations were recorded so that reason-

able fidelity could be achieved when these sound conditions

were boosted 50 db. to 115 db. as calibrated in air. This

increase was necessary to make the decibel levels equal

for air and underwater conditions. The silence condition

was presented with all the audio equipment turned off.

The water temperature was constantly monitored by a

Kodak color temperature thermometer and recorded each day

just before the first subject arrived and immediately after

the final subject left the experimental space.

The water chemistry was checked each day about 20

minutes before the sessions began. Only pH and chlorine

levels were tested for with an HTHI standard chemistry kit

available at most pool supply stores.

A Fujica AX100 single eight movie camera in a Marine-8

AX 100 underwater housing was used to film the underwater

and surface trials. The camera was operated by a direct

pressure trigger very similar to a mechanical cable release

used in various photographic situations. The film used

was Fujichrome R25 and due to local unavailability of that

film during the experiment, Fujichrome R200 was used with

a neutral density 4S filter counted in front of the Fujinon

1.1 lens used with the camera referred to above.

The exposed film was sent to a professional processing

lab and returned by mail six days later. Immediate

inspection revealed all the film was properly focused and

exposed suitably for coding.

Since electrical equipment was employed in the

apparatus for this study appropriate safety precautions

were taken. All fuses were checked where 110 A.C. was

used but only battery powered D.C. equipment using low

voltages and amperes was used near and in the water. The

power sources for movie-camera and cassette tape player

were six 1.25 volt batteries.

The AA batteries used to power the camera were G.E.

Rechargeable Nickel-Cadmium Batteries rated at 1.25 volts.


They were removed each day and charged for twelve hours

in a General Electric battery recharger model BC-3 along

with the four batreries from the audio cassette tape


A plastic tape
B plastic film
C speaker
D securing lines
E fiberglass shell
F audio cable
G securing bolts
H wing nuts
I frame board
J brace screws
K anchor weight
L brace
M frame board

Figure 1
Underwater Speaker Unit


A tape player
B amplifier
C audio cable
D audio cable
E water level
F underwater speaker un:i
G underwater speaker un::
H anchor weight


anchor weight
underwater camera
left speaker
right speaker
audio cable
audio cable

Figure 2
Surface Speaker Arrangement


Rates of Kicking per Second for Each Subject
by Condition and Days

Subject # 1 Jason
2 Brecky
3 Lennie
4 Kelly
S Bryan
6 Craig

Day Conditions
1 5

2 1

Condition 1 1 Silence
2 Mother's voice
3 Sleeping Beauty
4 White Noise
5 Surface Heartbeat
6 Underwater Heartbeat

Subject #
1 2 3 4 5 6
.4 .2 .2 .2 .4 .2
1.0 .8 .6 .2 1.2 .2
1.0 1.2 .8 .2 1.2 0
1.0 1.2 .8 .4 1.2 .6
.8 .8 .8 .2 1.4 .6
.6 .4 .4 .2 .6 0

1.2 .8 1.0 .2 1.2 .2
.4 .4 .4 0 .4 .2
1.4 1.0 1.0 .4 .8 .6
.8 1.0 .6 .4 1.0 .8
1.2 1.2 .8 .2 1.0 .4
.2 0 0 .4 0 0

.2 .2 0 .2 0 0
1.0 1.0 1.0 .2 .8 .8
.8 .6 .6 0 .8 .4
1.0 1.0 1.2 .2 1.0 .4
.6 .4 .4 0 .8 .2
1.0 1.0 .8 .4 .8 .8

1.2 1.0 1.2 .2 .8 1.0
1.0 1.0 .8 0 1.0 .6
1.0 .8 .8 .2 1.0 .6
.4 .2 .2 0 .6 0
.6 .6 .8 0 .6 .2
0 0 0 0 0 0

0 0 0 .2 0 .2
.8 .6 .6 .2 1.0 .8
.8 .8 .6 .8 .8 .6
.6 .8 .6 .8 .6 .4
.8 .6 .8 .8 .8 .8
.4 .4 .4 .4 .2 .4

Rates of Kicking per Second for Each Subject
by Condition and Days (cont.)

Subject #
Day Conditions 1 2 3 4 5 6

6 4 .4 .6 .8 .8 .6 .6
6 .2 0 .2 .4 .6 0
2 .4 .4 .6 .6 .8 .2
1 .6 .6 .6 .7 .6 .2
3 .6 .6 .8 .6 .8 .2
5 0 0 0 .2 .2 0

7 5 0 .4 .2 0 .2 0
2 .8 .6 .6 1.0 .4 .2
1 1.0 .8 .8 .8 .6 .2
6 .4 .2 .6 .4 0 .6
4 .6 .6 .8 1.0 .4 .2
3 1.0 1.0 .8 .8 .6 .2

8 6 .4 0 .4 .4 .4 .2
3 .8 .4 .8 .8 .6 .4
4 .8 .8 .6 .6 .6 .4
1 .8 .6 .6 .6 .8 .6
2 .6 .4 .6 .8 .6 .6
5 0 .2 0 .2 .2 0

9 5 .2 .2 0 0 0 0
4 .8 1.0 1.2 1.2 .8 .4
3 1.0 1.2 1.2 1.2 1.2 .4
2 .6 1.2 1.4 1.4 1.2 1.2
6 .6 .6 .8 .6 .8 .6
1 .6 1.0 1.4 1.2 1.0 .8

10 6 .4 0 .2 0 .4 0
1 1.0 .6 .8 1.0 .6 .4
3 1.0 .6 1.2 1.2 .6 .4
4 1.4 .6 1.4 1.4 .8 .2
2 1.0 .6 1.0 1.4 .8 0
5 .2 0 0 0 .2 .2


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Harvey Barnett was born at March Air Force Base near

Riverside,California, on March 4, 1948. He was one of four

children in the family of a career military officer. As is

common with service children, he traveled around the world

several times and attended twenty-one different schools

before graduating from high school in Frankfurt, Germany, in

1966. He attended Brevard Junior College and received an

AA degree with honors from there in 1969. He attended the

University of Florida and graduated with honors from there

in 1971 receiving a BA in psychology.

He took a faculty position at East Tennessee State

University from 1972 to 1974. He finished a Master of

Science in Teaching (Psychology) from the University of

Florida in 1973. He has acted as Director of Research for

Infant Swimming Research since 1970. He received his

Ph.D. in March, 1978.

Mr. Barnett is married to the former Judith Carlene


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