LIFE Seminar Winter 2023/24

Research Designs in Developmental Research

Organizer: Douglas D. Garrett, MPI for Human Development

In this LIFE seminar series, we present and deconstruct different research designs utilized in modern developmental research. In particular, we focus on the different, at times opposing worlds of between- vs. within-person variation as windows into human development. What insights can we gain from these different worlds? Why do they often differ? Is there anything we can do to reconcile those differences? How do we model all of this, and what are the core constraints? An outstanding group of speakers will deconstruct these various issues, pushing attendees to grapple with what "human development" truly represents.  

I. Set the stage

Reflections on the within-between distinction

Ellen Hamaker, Utrecht University

October 26, 2023, 10:00 - 12:00 hrs

Online meeting

II. The worlds do not easily collide

On the (mis)use of cross-sectional data in developmental research

Ulman Lindenberger, MPIB

November 2, 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299


Quantifying the (dis)connection between cross-sectional and longitudinal brain development

Douglas Garrett, MPIB

November 23, 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299

III. If they can collide, what are the conditions?

Can anything be done to reconcile between and within approaches?

Manuel Völkle, HU

December 5, 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299

Regardless, how do we think about/design/model this all well?

Joint longitudinal and survival models to study how cognitive change and hazard of death influence each other

Paolo Ghisletta, Université de Genève

December 14, 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299

Individual differences in developmental dynamics and equilibria: Differential equations and predictive models

Steven M. Boker, University of Virginia

January 11, 2024, 15:00 - 17:00 hrs

online meeting

What is the utility of estimating latent vs. observed change?

Andreas Brandmaier, Medical School Berlin

January 12, 2024 (Friday) , 10:00 - 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299


The role of historical change for adult development and aging

Denis Gerstorf, HU

January 18, 2024, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299


Research designs in developmental research: Intensive longitudinal studies

Annette Brose, FU

February 1, 2024, 09:30 – 11:30 hrs

MPIB, room 299

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