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Lifespan Development and the Brain
The Perspective of Biocultural Co-Constructivism

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Paul B. Baltes, Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Frank Rösler, Shu-Chen Li, Charles A. Nelson, Gerd Kempermann, Maurice Ptito, Sébastien Desgent, Brigitte Röder, Angela D. Friederici, Shirley-Ann Rüschemeyer, Thad A. Polk, J. Paul Hamilton, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Oliver Vitouch, Lars Nyberg, Lars Bäckman, Joseph A. Mikels, Karl Magnus Petersson, Alexandra Reis, Neil Charness, Thomas Elbert, Brigitte Rockstroh, Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Maggie Schauer, Frank Neuner, Ulman Lindenberger, Martin Lövdén, Onur Güntürkün
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  • Date Published: August 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521175555

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  • This book focuses on the developmental analysis of brain-culture-environment dynamics 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, as each is influenced by and modifies the other. To capture the ubiquitous reach and significance of the mutually dependent and co-productive 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.

    • Shows that throughout life, culture/environment and brains influence and modify each other
    • Shows that the brain is not an autonomous agent, but also a dependent variable that is co-constructed by culture and other aspects of the environment
    • Shows that the power of brain and cultural plasticity in co-shaping human behavior begins at conception and continues into old age
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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

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    • Date Published: August 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521175555
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 218 x 145 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Paul B. Baltes, Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz and Frank Rösler
    Part I. Setting the Stage across the Ages of the Lifespan:
    1. Prologue: biocultural co-constructivism as a theoretical metascript Paul B. Baltes, Frank Rösler and Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz
    2. Biocultural co-construction of lifespan development Shu-Chen Li
    Part II. Neuronal Plasticity and Biocultural Co-Construction: Microstructure Meets the Experiential Environment:
    3. Neurobehavioral development in the context of biocultural co-constructivism Charles A. Nelson
    4. Adult neurogenesis Gerd Kempermann
    Part III. Neuronal Plasticity and Biocultural Co-Construction: Atypical Brain Architectures:
    5. Sensory input-based adaptation and brain architecture Maurice Ptito and Sébastien Desgent
    6. Blindness: a source and case of neuronal plasticity Brigitte Röder
    Part IV. Biocultural Co-Construction: Specific Functions and Domains:
    7. Language acquisition: biological versus cultural implications for brain structure Angela D. Friederici and Shirley-Ann Rüschemeyer
    8. Reading, writing, and arithmetic in the brain: neural specialization for acquired functions Thad A. Polk and J. Paul Hamilton
    9. Emotion, learning, and the brain: from classical conditioning to cultural bias Elizabeth A. Phelps
    10. The musical mind: neural tuning and the aesthetic experience Oliver Vitouch
    Part V. Plasticity and Biocultural Co-Construction in Later Life:
    11. Influences of biological and self-initiated factors on brain and cognition in adulthood and aging Lars Nyberg and Lars Bäckman
    12. The aging mind and brain: implications of enduring plasticity for behavioral and cultural change Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz and Joseph A. Mikels
    Part VI. Biocultural Co-Construction: From Micro- to Macroenvironments in Larger Cultural Contexts:
    13. Characteristics of illiterate and literate cognitive processing: implications of brain-behavior co-constructivism Karl Magnus Petersson and Alexandra Reis
    14. The influence of work and occupation on brain development Neil Charness
    15. The influence of organized violence and terror on brain and mind: a co-constructive perspective Thomas Elbert, Brigitte Rockstroh, Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Maggie Schauer and Frank Neuner
    16. Co-constructing human engineering technologies in old age: lifespan psychology as a conceptual foundation Ulman Lindenberger and Martin Lövdén
    Part VII. Epilogue:
    17. Letters on nature and nurture Onur Güntürkün.

  • Editors

    Paul B. Baltes, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin
    Paul B. Baltes is noted for his theoretical and empirical work in developmental psychology and the interdisciplinary study of human aging. Aside from multiple honorary doctorates and election to academies, he has received numerous awards, including the International Psychology Award of the American Psychological Association, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the German Psychological Society, and the Aristotle Prize of the European Federation of Psychological Associations.

    Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz is known for her research on the neuropsychological mechanisms of attention and working memory, in particular through her work with special patient populations, functional brain imaging and normal human aging. She is co-founder of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, has served on its governing board since its inception and serves on the editorial boards of leading journals in the field.

    Frank Rösler, Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany
    Frank Rösler is recognized for his research on biological correlates of cognitive processes, in particular memory, learning, imagery, language, and neural plasticity. He has received several awards, including the Max-Planck/Humboldt prize for international cooperation, and he has been elected as full member in two academies of sciences in Germany.

    Contributors

    Paul B. Baltes, Patricia A. Reuter-Lorenz, Frank Rösler, Shu-Chen Li, Charles A. Nelson, Gerd Kempermann, Maurice Ptito, Sébastien Desgent, Brigitte Röder, Angela D. Friederici, Shirley-Ann Rüschemeyer, Thad A. Polk, J. Paul Hamilton, Elizabeth A. Phelps, Oliver Vitouch, Lars Nyberg, Lars Bäckman, Joseph A. Mikels, Karl Magnus Petersson, Alexandra Reis, Neil Charness, Thomas Elbert, Brigitte Rockstroh, Iris-Tatjana Kolassa, Maggie Schauer, Frank Neuner, Ulman Lindenberger, Martin Lövdén, Onur Güntürkün

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