Life-Span Developmental Psychology: Methodological Contributions

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questions of concern to developmental psychologists are not amenable to experimental resolution. The central variable of age cannot be manipulated, and to say, even with great certainty, that a behavioral change is age-related (rather than cohort-related, for example) is not to identify the causal factor. As developmental researchers continue their efforts toward causal explanations of age-related changes, by taking direct control of the factors hypothesized as responsible (cf. Baer, 1970, 1973; Baltes & Goulet, 1971), perhaps they will discover that single-subject designs can help.


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