Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology, Vol.11 - Vol. 11

Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology, Vol.11 - Vol. 11

Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology, Vol.11 - Vol. 11

Minnesota Symposia on Child Psychology, Vol.11 - Vol. 11

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This volume contains the papers of the eleventh annual Minnesota Symposium on Child Psychology, held October 28-30, 1977, at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. As has been the tradition in this series, the faculty of the Institute of Child Development invited six eminent researchers to present papers on their own research and to consider problems of mutual concern to scientists studying children and development. The diversity of the resulting papers is intentional, indicating the current diversity of the field. Their vigor and richness are also telling reflections of the current state of developmental psychology.

Paul. Baltes's paper on cohort effects in development is testimony to the complexity of developmental problems. With his collaborators, Steven Cornelius and John Nesselroade, he points out that historical and cultural context strongly influences the degree and meaning of measured behavior, an observation that the authors believe carries both conceptual and methodological implications for developmental psychologists. Methodologically, designs must be employed that allow estimation of cohort effects. Conceptually, consideration must be given to the role of historical and cultural change in our models of psychological change processes. The work of Baltes, Cornelius, and Nesselroade is especially pertinent to traditional psychometric approaches to measurement, although the meaning of the redefinitions implied by the cohort variable for that tradition remains open.

The continued importance of behavioral studies of neo-

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