Lifespan Development and the Brain

The Perspective of Biocultural Co-Constructivism

by Paul B. Baltes, Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Frank Rösler

The book focuses on the developmental analysis of the brain-culture-environment dynamic and argues that this dynamic is interactive and reciprocal. Brain and culture co-determine each other. As a whole, this book refutes any unidirectional conception of the brain-culture dynamic. Each is influenced by and modifies the other. To capture the ubiquitous reach and significance of the mutually dependent brain-culture system, the metaphor of biocultural co-constructivism is invoked. Distinguished researchers from cognitive neuroscience, cognitive psychology and developmental psychology review the evidence in their respective fields. A special focus of the book is its coverage of the entire human lifespan from infancy to old age.
  • Cambridge University Press; June 2006
  • ISBN: 9780511217678
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  • Title: Lifespan Development and the Brain
  • Author: Paul B. Baltes (ed.); Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz (ed.); Frank Rösler (ed.)
  • Imprint: Cambridge University Press

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'The book provides excellent summaries of specific areas of research contributing to the overall thesis of lifespan biocultural co-constructivism. Lifespan Development and the Brain should be required reading …' PsycCritiques