Fall Academy 2009

Date: October 16–20, 2009
Venue: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Interlinked with the Sixth Biennial Meeting of the Society for the Study of Human Development (SSHD), October 18–20, 2009

Keynote Addresses

  • Genes, environment, and Indian frybread: The many lives of a life course researcher
    E. Jane Costello, Duke University
  • Implications of cognitive development in early and middle adulthood for cognitive functioning in late life
    K. Warner Schaie, Pennsylvania State University


  • Culture
    The social self and the social brain: A perspective of cultural neuroscience
    Shinobu Kitayama, University of Michigan (UM)
  • What’s in a name? From early vocabulary to voxels in English and Chinese
    Twila Tardif, UM
  • Plasticity
    Regulation and function of new neurons in the adult brain
    Gerd Kempermann, CRTD — Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden
  • Plasticity of executive functions: The case of interference control
    Patricia Reuter-Lorenz, UM


  • Social relations and health: Earlier influences on later life outcomes
    Toni Antonucci, UM
  • What we value and how it changes across adulthood
    Alexandra M. Freund, UZh
  • Evolution and the life course: Functional variation in life history traits in response to the developmental environment
    Daniel Kruger, UM
  • Cognitive aging and the adaptive use of heuristics
    Lael Schooler, Max Planck Institute for Human Development (MPIB)
  • Are you looking for data? Using the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) to examine LIFE questions
    Jacqui Smith, UM
  • The longitudinal structure of the nonshared environment
    Eric Turkheimer, UVa

SSHD Symposia

  • Plenary Symposium: Genes x Environment
    Considering the role of gene environment correlations in gene-environment interplay
    Alexandra Burt, Michigan State University
  •  Interdisciplinary approaches to studying gene environment interaction
    Danielle Dick, Virginia Commonwealth University
  •      Birth weight effects in children are mediated by genotype (and gender)
    Michael Meaney, McGill University
  • Are gene x environment interactions driven by epigenetic processes throughout development in primates?
    Stephen Suomi, National Institutes of Health
  • Symposium 1: Do individuals construct their own health? A life course and lifespan perspective
    Education and health in the second half of life: Findings from the German Ageing Study
    Ina Schöllgen, Oliver Huxhold & Clemens Tesch-Römer, German Centre of Gerontology (DZA)
  • Occupational experience as a protective factor in later life mental health
    Moyra Mortby, Andreas Maercker, & Simon Forstmeier, UZh
  • Examining dynamic links between self-rated health and episodic memory in old age: Evidence from the Health and Retirement Study
    Frank Infurna, Pennsylvania State University, Lindsay H. Ryan & Jacqui Smith, UM, & Dennis Gerstorf, Pennsylvania State University
  • A healthy mind for a healthy body: The importance of cognition for health
    Linday H. Ryan, UM
  • Symposium 2: Social cognitive mediators for developmental effects to exposure to violence
    Social cognitive mediators of the relation between exposure to violence during childhood and adolescence and adulthood aggression: Findings from the Columbia County Longitudinal Study
    L. Rowell Huesmann, Eric F. Dubow, & Paul Boxer, UM
  • The role of social cognition in the relation between violence exposure and later aggression among Palestinian children
    Eric F. Dubow, L. Rowell Huesmann, Paul Boxer, Simha Landau, Khalil Shikaki, & Jeremy Ginges, UM
  • Social cognitive mediators of the relation between childhood violent media preferences and current antisocial behavior in adolescents and adults
    Paul Box, L. Rowell Huesmann, Brad Bushman, & Maureen O’Brien, UM
  • Social cognitive mediators of the longitudinal relations between violent video game playing and aggressive behavior from early childhood to late adolescence
    Brad Bushman, L. Rowell Huesmann, Craig Anderson, Douglas Gentile, Paul Boxer, Maureen O’Brien & Wendy Garrard, UM
  • Plenary Symposium: Exploring the application of non-linear methods to development science questions
    Systems methodologies for solving complex developmental science problems
    Hazhir Rahmandad, Virginia Tech University
  • Developmental theory in action: Extending developmental science with systems science methodologies
    Jennifer Brown Urban, Montclair State University
  • Using the lens of systems science to understand population health implications of the diabetic uterine environment
    Nathaniel Osgood, University of Saskatchewan
  • Opportunities of systems science at NIH
    Rosalind King & Jonathan King, National Institutes of Health

Fellow Posters

  • Neural activation of a mentally rehearsed golf swing in novices
    Ladina Bezzola, UZh
  • Do losses loom increasingly larger across adulthood?
    Miriam Depping, UZh
  • Delay of gratification: Evaluation of a model and morphological difference
    Reinhard Drobetz, UZh
  • Not the same for everyone: Narcissism and the perception of partner transgressions in couple relationships
    Tanja Gerlach, HU
  • Failure in pursuing the goal or failure to attain it? How a goal focus on processes vs. outcomes affects behavioral and affective reactions to failure
    Marie Hennecke, UZh
  • Intraindividual variability in mathematics achievement
    Gizem Hülür, HU
  • Age-differences in motivational behavioural manifestation of the big five from age 16 to 60
    Regula Lehmann, UZh
  • Stability of typical intellectual engagement in older adults across 18 months
    Anna Mascherek, UZh
  • Differential component of prospective memory across the lifespan
    Florentina Mattli, UZh
  • Infants’ sensitivity to the travel distance in an eye tracker paradigm
    Wenke Möhring, UZh
  • How is goal orientation towards stability or change associated with the “how” and “why” of goal pursuit?
    Maida Mustafic, UZh
  • Risk and promotive factors for depressive symptoms in low-income African American mothers
    Jennifer O’Neil, UVa
  • Computer-based interventions for depressive elderly populations?
    Barbara Preschl, UZh
  • Splitting in three vs. four pieces: Infants’ tracking of non-cohesive physical entities depends on the number of fragments
    Simone Schaub, UZh
  • Assessing cyberbullying using the behavior-based approach: First results of the Berlin Cyberbullying-Cybervictimization Questionnaire (BCyQ)
    Anja Schultze-Krumbholtz, FU
  • Relatively greater right prefrontal activity corresponds with higher levels of empathy
    Amanda Steiner, UVa
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