In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of the International Organization of Psychophysiology

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<ul><li><p>1NTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF </p><p>PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY </p><p>ELSEVIER International Journal of Psychophysiology 18 (1994) 81-83 </p><p>Presidential Address </p><p>In Commemoration of the 12th Anniversary of the </p><p>International Organization of Psychophysiology </p><p>Constantine A. Mangina </p><p>International Organization of Psychophysiology (Secretariat), f?B. 1614, Station H, </p><p>Montreal, Quebec, H3G 2N5, Canada </p><p>Psychophysiology is one of the most exciting, </p><p>meaningful and promising scientific endeavors </p><p>created by human kind. It stretches the human creativity to its limits by using a variety of novel methods and techniques for the investigation of most complex processes and functions of living beings. The routes for the better understanding </p><p>and management of mental and behavioral issues </p><p>reiies heavily on the work done by physiologists and psychophysiologists in the 19th and 20th </p><p>centuries. The conditioning of central and auto- </p><p>nomic nervous systems and the formation of dis- </p><p>orders has been elucidated and new therapies </p><p>have been sought based on psychophysiological </p><p>principles. Even the sensory, motor, perceptual </p><p>and memory functions in intracerebral processes </p><p>have been evoked in early investigations with unanesthetized human subjects undergoing </p><p>exploratory neurosurgery. Since that pioneering period, Psychophysiology is accomplishing </p><p>extraordinary advances with new discoveries and </p><p>many new refinements which provide exciting possibilities for the present and future of psycho- </p><p>physiology. This is precisely one of the main rea- </p><p>sons that 12 years ago, the International Organization of Psychophysiology was born. </p><p>In 1978, more than 100 leading scientists </p><p>from around the world appointed and supported by the scientific and governmental authorities of their countries formed the Committee for the </p><p>Foundation of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. The purpose of that large International Committee was to officially estab- lish the International Organization of Psycho- </p><p>physiology on legal grounds as a professional organization according to standard precepts of </p><p>International Law. In order to achieve this, the </p><p>Founding Committee obtained help and accredi- </p><p>tation from the United Nations and the World Health Organization. </p><p>After intense preparation, in 1982, the Inter- national Organization of Psychophysiology </p><p>(IOP) was formally founded and its Constitution and By-Laws were fully accredited by the United Nations. IOP was recognized and admitted to the United Nations as the only accredited world </p><p>organization representing Psychophysiology in </p><p>accordance with International Law. </p><p>Since 1982, IOP is also in Consultative Status with the United Nations. Consequently, IOP </p><p>selectively participates on United Nations Pro- grams/Projects, Commissions and Committees </p><p>0167.8760/94/$07.00 0 1994 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved </p><p>SSDI 0167.8760(94)00085-9 </p></li><li><p>82 C.A. Mangina / International Journal of Psychophysiology 18 (1994) 81-83 </p><p>such as Applications of Science and Technology to Development, Health Standards, Narcotic Drugs, Medical Ethics, Crime Prevention and </p><p>Control, Status of Women, Social Development and Human Rights. </p><p>In 1983, IOP participated in the United </p><p>Nations International Year of Communications (subject: The Influence of Mass Media on Human Brain and Behaviour). The 1986 Interna- tional Year of Peace declared by the United Nations also involved the active participation of TOP at different stages (subject: (a) Neuropsy- chophysiology of Aggression, Hostility, Vio- </p><p>lence, Defense; (b) Brain-Behaviour-Environ- ment Interrelationships Leading to War and Peace). For its highly significant contribution, </p><p>IOP was awarded the prestigious Peace Mes- senger Prize by the United Nations General Assembly and its Secretary General in 1987. IOP was honoured because as a truly International scientific organization, it unites under its aegis scientists with various political and ideological trends who converge under the same goal - namely the understanding of human brain and behaviour to the benefit of world-wide civiliza- tion. IOP is, in fact, the only accredited scientific international body to receive such a distinction </p><p>by the United Nations. </p><p>In 1990, IOP actively participated in the Inter- national Literacy Year of the United Nations </p><p>(subject: Psychophysiology in Education). </p><p>IOP maintains relations with 2,122 institu- tions around the world and its membership comes from 49 countries, 5 continents, continen- tal subdivisions and regions of the world. </p><p>One of IOPs goals is to strengthen psycho- physiology by uniting psychophysiologists around the world and integrating interdiscipli- nary psychophysiology as a leading experimen- tal and applied medical/behavioral neuroscience. </p><p>Since IOPs establishment, several groups </p><p>around the world received encouragement, inspi- ration and enthusiasm and began to form labora- tories, associations and/or national chapters. </p><p>Since 1985, IOP initiated steps and encour- </p><p>aged international cooperation of medical scien- </p><p>tists interested in space-flight and astronautics. Through the United Nations network, IOP encouraged exploration in space with the objec- tive of enhancing this scientific knowledge for peaceful purposes and discouraged the use of space for destructive and selfish reasons. Psy- chophysiology of space-flight and astronautics provide unique opportunities for the understand- ing of weightlessness, gravitational impact, human locomotion and the enhancement of astronaut performance through psychophysio- logical training. </p><p>Since 1983, IOP is publishing the Znterrzu- tionul Journal of Psychophysiology with the sup- </p><p>port of Elsevier Science Publishers. This official Journal of our organization which is now pub- </p><p>lished nine times a year constitutes a unique and highly prestigious international forum of inte- grated neuroscientific psychophysiology, North, South, East and West of the globe. This way, cre- ative research and authors are known, appreci- ated, cited and recognized by famous scientists in other continents, regions and nations of the world. The Journal is a true world network of scientific excellence in psychophysiology and it </p><p>is a real success story. Our Journals success is due to IOPs structure within which the Editors- </p><p>in-Chief and Editorial Board efficiently operate as well as to the wise preference of distinguished contributing authors to publish in this prestigious </p><p>Journal. Here we must also recognize the efforts of Elsevier Science Publishers, the most prestig- ious medical science publishing company, which most fruitfully collaborates with IOP for the con- tinual and increasing success of the International Journal of Psychophysiology. </p><p>We should all be proud of IOPs meritorious status and we must continue to enhance its inter- national accomplishments in the interest of sci- entific progress and applications to the benefit of </p><p>humanity. </p><p>Psychophysiology as an integrated biomedical </p><p>and behavioral neuroscience is not only the application of sophisticated techniques but is </p></li><li><p>C.A. Mangina /International Journal of Psychophysiology I8 (1994) 81-83 83 </p><p>also knowledge. Such theoretical awareness composing the fabric off neurobehavioral sci- ences could also be beneficially applied. Neuro- psychophysiological knowledge could provide the basis for setting goals to be attained in daily life. In connection to this, the United Nations </p><p>declared the Year 1994 as the International Year of the Family. The psychophysiology of family dynamics is of paramount importance since infants and children are particularly vulnerable and the responsibility for shaping the human brain and behavior rests on parents. Such a heavy responsibility requires an equally heavy panoply of relevant knowledge. The quality and quantity of attitudinal communication which takes place within the family conditions the </p><p>childs cerebral and behavioral development. Ethically supported knowledge of cerebral and bodily effects of family dynamics may provide new possibilities for selecting and adopting improved marital and parental family attitudes in daily life. This requires knowledge and its appli- </p><p>cations. Psychophysiology may play a meaning- ful role in this process by providing knowledge to the public as an educational service to human- ity. This may be done through the already exist- ing private and public educational sources and institutional channels, as well as through the for- mal consultative status of the International Organization of Psychophysiology with the United Nations. </p></li></ul>


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