Research Underlying the Model

Evolutionary Physiology is the study of how the form and function of living things is influenced by the evolutionary trajectory Of their ancestors. It is a relatively recent area of scientific activity, with many relevant papers on the subject being presented at the SOCIETY FOR INTEGRATIVE AND COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY. The role that evolution has played in our form and function is unmistakeable, and insights into how evolutionary parameters play a role in our perception and actions are emerging rapidly.

The correlations used in this model which link our developmental reflexes to their evolutionary heritage are based in the theoretical principles underlying Evolutionary Physiology.

Developmental Psychology is an area of scientific research extending over at least 130 years. There are many well established insights that have held up well over time, as well as many ideas that remain controversial. This is a very rewarding area of study.

This authors exposure to Developmental Psychology and infant development comes from his training as a Core Specialist in MNRI.

The behavioral correlations to the developmental reflexes used in the survey come from Developmental Psychology. There are resources for further exploration of these correlations in the resources section under Developmental Reflexes:


Biotensegrity is the study of how tension and compression interact in living tissue. It offers a Holistic model for understanding the structural and functional framework for living things which move (Animals), based of study of the fascial web from which we are made. Much of the cutting edge research is presented biannually at the:

BIOTENSEGRITY is a subset of an area of study called Tensegrity, which originated with the work of Kenneth Snelson and R. Buckminster Fuller in the 1950’s. This author finds that enhancing his understanding of the Tensegrity principle as applied to biological systems has greatly extended his ability to help his clients, not only with physical issues, but also with their emotional expression and cognitive clarity.

Without the addition of Biotensegrity to this model, the descriptions appear as discrete parts, with little relationship to each other. With the help of an understanding of Biotensegrity the parts can be discussed in relation to the whole of the living being.

Bipedal stance, stability and gait is a hybrid animal gait where multiple functions overlap. There are several regions of that body where these complex functions are intertwined. The base of the skull between the Occiput and Cervical Vertebrae #2 is one region, as well as the Sacrum. The region of most interest to this author is the foot, which has to handle complex issues of posture and gait, as well as handle significant load bearing issues over a small area. There is discussion of this subject here:

This author is heading a research project to develop a phone based app to monitor variances in stance and gait which as the potential to integrate with this model for evaluating therapeutic strategies in the same way that the SURVEY and DIAGNOSTIC TOOLS do. There is a description of this project here: