Summer 2020

Open Lecture Series in June and July 2020!

The LIFE Theory Lab: Contemporary theorizing, methodological advancements, and future challenges for  lifespan developmental science

The LIFE Theory Lab 2020 is a series of 10 lectures promoting an openscience virtual exchange on conceptual and methodological advances in the study of behavioral development. The Theory Lab gave leading researchers a platform to share their views on the ways in which the “dance” between theory and method (Nesselroade, 1988, cited in Nesselroade, 2006) has informed their own work, and has fostered scientific progress. Recent advances in evolutionary theory, genetics, imaging methods, behavioral observation, statistical tools, formal modeling, and machine learning provide unprecedented opportunities for describing, understanding, and ameliorating individual developmental change across the lifespan. Lifespan psychology has sought to provide a conceptual framework for capturing the overall architecture of human ontogeny (Baltes, 1997). Time has come to revisit this framework in the light of these recent advances, and gauge its function for structuring our knowledge about invariant and malleable aspects of human ontogeny.

LIFE Theory Lab 2020

Online lecture series 
Organizer: Ulman Lindenberger, Markus Werkle-Bergner


June 04, 2020 
Tomás Ryan (Trinity College Dublin) 
“Memory and Instinct as a Continuum of Information Storage” (password protected)

June 11, 2020
Charles Nelson (Harvard University)
„Critical Periods in Human Development“
June 18, 2020
Candice Odgers (Duke University)
„Charting Individual Development“
June 25, 2020
Eric Turkheimer (University of Virginia)
„Gene–Environment Interplay“
July 09, 2020
Gerd Kempermann  (Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden)
„Adult Neurogenesis and the Neurobiology of Individuality“
June 16, 2020
Danielle Bassett (University of Pennsylvania)
„Network Architectures Supporting Learnability“
July 23, 2020
Iyad Rahwan (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
„Experiments in Machine Behavior: Cooperating With and Through Machines“

July 30, 2020
Ellen L. Hamaker (Utrecht University)
„Choices in Design and Analysis to Study Change“

July 30, 2020
Ulman Lindenberger (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
„Why We Need a Lifespan Approach to Developmental Change“

LIFE Introductory Workshop 2020

Please, find the agenda here.

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