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

MPIB, room 299


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

“The role of historical change for adult development and aging”

Denis Gerstorf, HU

December 7, 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299


“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


“Dense sampling of individuals”

Annette Brose, FU

December 20, 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 hrs

MPIB, room 299


“What "model fitting" really means in the context of development”

Steven M. Boker, University of Virginia

January 4, 2024, 15:00 - 17:00 hre

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




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