publication . Part of book or chapter of book . Article . Other literature type . 1997

ON THE INCOMPLETE ARCHITECTURE OF HUMAN ONTOGENY : SELECTION, OPTIMIZATION, AND COMPENSATION AS FOUNDATION OF DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY

Paul B. Baltes;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 1997
  • Publisher: Springer US
Abstract
Drawing on both evolutionary and ontogenetic perspectives, the basic biological-genetic and social-cultural architecture of human development is outlined. Three principles are involved. First, evolutionary selection pressure predicts a negative age correlation, and, therefore, genome-based plasticity and biological potential decrease with age. Second, for growth aspects of human development to extend further into the life span, culture-based resources are required at ever-increasing levels. Third, because of age-related losses in biological plasticity, the efficiency of culture is reduced as life span development unfolds. Joint application of these principles su...
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free text keywords: Architecture, Completeness (statistics), Developmental stage theories, Developmental psychology, Orchestration (computing), Applied psychology, Psychology, Human development (biology), Fourth Age, General theory, Cognitive psychology, Life course approach, General Psychology, General Medicine
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publication . Part of book or chapter of book . Article . Other literature type . 1997

ON THE INCOMPLETE ARCHITECTURE OF HUMAN ONTOGENY : SELECTION, OPTIMIZATION, AND COMPENSATION AS FOUNDATION OF DEVELOPMENTAL THEORY

Paul B. Baltes;