Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Letter to the Editor

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Letter to the Editor

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To the Editor:

In reading the letter by Dr. Lo Cicero (PPPJ 4(3)) we realized that it is as hard to write an article in a foreign language as to make the arguments easy to understand for the readers. We would like to show why the supposed "lack of editorial judgment" is not as appalling as it is claimed by Dr. Lo Cicero.

First we found more than one significant difference in the results, on which we based our interpretation and our discussion. In fact the total duration of movements and the overall amount of state and trait anxiety were significantly different in the experimental and the control groups. Moreover, state anxiety varied reliably before and after ultrasound exposition only in the experimental group.

Second we basically argued that, in absence of sudden traumatic environmental changes, the difference in fetus motility is due to emotional state aroused in the mother by such a threatening stimulus as amniocentesis. No doubt, "confirm" is too strong a word for what we meant to say-i.e., providing some support-and a less definitive expression could have been used. Indeed experimental studies can never confirm hypotheses, regardless of the statistical reliability of their results. …

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