Understanding Human Development

Dialogues with Lifespan Psychology

Editors: Staudinger, Ursula M., Lindenberger, Ulman E.R. (Eds.)

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K. Warner Schaie I am pleased to write a foreword for this interesting volume, particularly as over many years, I have had the privilege of interacting with the editors and a majority of the con­ tributors in various professional roles as a colleague, mentor, or research collaborator. The editors begin their introduction by asking why one would want to read yet another book on human development. They immediately answer their question by pointing out that many developmentally oriented texts and other treatises neglect the theoretical foundations of human development and fail to embed psychological constructs within the multidisciplinary context so essential to understanding development. This volume provides a positive remedy to past deficiencies in volumes on hu­ man development with a well-organized structure that leads the reader from a general introduction through the basic processes to methodological issues and the relation of developmental constructs to social context and biological infrastructure. This approach does not surprise. After all, the editors and most of the contributors at one time or an­ other had a connection to the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin, whether as students, junior scientists, or senior visitors. That institute, under the leader­ ship of Paul Baltes, has been instrumental in pursuing a systematic lifespan approach to the study of cognition and personality. Over the past two decades, it has influenced the careers of a generation of scientists who have advocated long-term studies of human development in an interdisciplinary context.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

  • Why Read Another Book on Human Development? Understanding Human Development Takes a Metatheory and Multiple Disciplines

    Staudinger, Ursula M. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • On the Incomplete Architecture of Human Ontogeny: Selection, Optimization, and Compensation as Foundation of Developmental Theory

    Baltes, Paul B.

    Pages 17-43

  • Age Differences in Evolutionary Selection Benefits

    Kirkwood, Thomas B. L.

    Pages 45-57

  • Age Differences in Cultural Efficiency: Secular Trends in Longevity

    Maier, Heiner (et al.)

    Pages 59-78

  • The Process of Successful Aging: Selection, Optimization, and Compensation

    Baltes, Margret M. (et al.)

    Pages 81-104

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Understanding Human Development
Book Subtitle
Dialogues with Lifespan Psychology
Editors
  • Ursula M. Staudinger
  • Ulman E.R. Lindenberger
Copyright
2003
Publisher
Springer US
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media New York
eBook ISBN
978-1-4615-0357-6
DOI
10.1007/978-1-4615-0357-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7198-0
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-7383-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 519
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