- Center for Lifespan Psychology
Website for The Center for Lifespan Psychology at the Max-Plank Institute in Berlin, Germany. Characterized by a lifespan perspective and a concern with the optimization of human potential, the centers work focuses on children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly primarily around the development of personality, motivation, selfhood, intelligence, memory, and information processing, as well as on various aspects of lifelong socialization including the family. Theory, methodology and history of developmental psychology define an additional area of interest.
- Human Genome Project
The U.S. Human Genome Project is a 13-year effort coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. Links to additional articles and books about behavioral genetics and how it is studied, and the implications that behavioral genetics research has for society.
- Carolina Population Center
This is the home page for the Carolina Population Center. The center is directed by Glen Elder, a pioneer in the field of lifespan development since its emergence in the 1960s. Links to five archived data sets including the Oakland Growth and Berkeley Guidance Studies of the Institute for Human Development, University of California, Berkeley, the Lewis Terman Study at Stanford University, the Iowa Youth and Families Project, the Philadelphia Inner-City Project, and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
- MacArthur Foundation Research Network
The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Successful Midlife Development (MIDMAC), is an interdisciplinary research group that consists of 13 scholars from a wide range of disciplines and backgrounds. It was established to study middle-age people. Research is conducted to identify the major biomedical, psychological, and social factors that permit some people to achieve good health, psychological well-being, and social responsibility during their adult years.
- Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center
The mission of the Bronfenbrenner Life Course Center is to foster collaborative research, outreach, and educational efforts to understand the experiences that shape human development throughout all stages of the life course. Links to information about current research, working papers, and publications to the other institutes housed under this umbrella organization at Cornell University. It is dedicated to the on-going work of Urie Bronfenbrenner.
- K. Werner Schaie, Evan Pugh Professor of Human Development and Psychology
This is the home page for K. Werner Schaie, Evan Pugh Professor of Human Development and Psychology and the Director of the Gerontology Center at Penn State. His work has been focused primarily on the study of cognitive development from young adulthood to advanced old age, as exemplified by the ongoing Seattle Longitudinal Study, which has been conducted since 1956. Also of interest to Dr. Schaie is developmental research methodology including applications of the age-cohort-period model to psychology. It links to the Gerontology Center, which Dr. Schaie directs at Penn State. The Centers focal point is the study of aging in the biological, behavioral, and social sciences.
- "Cracking the Code of Life"
This is the companion website to "Cracking the Code of Life," a NOVA special that chronicled how scientists came to understand how the human genome was written. This article written by Dr. Kevin Davies, who holds a doctorate in genetics from the University of London, gives an overview of the scientific explanation of the nature/nurture debate.
- Surgeon Generals Report on Mental Health (online version)
This is the online version of the Surgeon Generals Report on Mental Health. The report emphasizes that mental health and mental illnesses are important concerns at all ages. Chapters include information on research on normal, healthy development, on etiological research that underscores the inextricability of nature and nurture, and how temperament reveals how mental health research has attempted over much of the past century to understand how biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors meld in health as well as illness. This report concludes by emphasizing how the lifespan approach to development reflects an awareness that mental health, and the brain and behavioral disorders that impinge upon it, are dynamic, ever-changing phenomena that at any given moment, reflect the sum total of every persons genetic inheritance and life experiences.
- Tutorial Web Projects
This page consists of tutorial Web projects put together by the students in a research design course at Cornell University. Each of these projects teaches a specific research methods topic that the student selected. There are links to topics related to foundations of research methods, sampling and external validity, measurement and construct validity, research design and internal validity, and data analysis and conclusion validity.
Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct from the American Psycholgical Association (APA).
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