Understanding Human Development

Dialogues with Lifespan Psychology

  • Ursula M. Staudinger
  • Ulman Lindenberger

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Why Read Another Book on Human Development? Understanding Human Development Takes a Metatheory and Multiple Disciplines

  3. The Overall Architecture of Lifespan Development

  4. Basic Processes of Lifespan Development: Selective Optimization with Compensation (SOC)

  5. A Lifespan View of Self and Personality

  6. A Lifespan View of Intelligence and Cognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Henry M. Wellman
      Pages 245-263
    3. Reinhold Kliegl, Ralf T. Krampe, Ulrich Mayr
      Pages 289-313
  7. At the Frontiers of Lifespan Methodology

  8. The Future of Lifespan Psychology: Comments from Related Fields and Neighboring Disciplines

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 381-381
    2. Gisela Labouvie-Vief
      Pages 401-412
    3. Richard M. Lerner, Elizabeth Dowling, Susanna Lara Roth
      Pages 413-422
    4. Wolf Singer
      Pages 437-447
    5. Olaf Köller, Jürgen Baumert, Kai U. Schnabel
      Pages 449-461
    6. Jürgen Mittelstrass
      Pages 483-494
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 495-519

About this book


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.


Gender Temperament character cognition development developmental psychology intelligence psychology

Editors and affiliations

  • Ursula M. Staudinger
    • 1
  • Ulman Lindenberger
    • 2
  1. 1.Dresden UniversityGermany
  2. 2.Saarland UniversityGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-7383-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0357-6
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