On the incomplete architecture of human ontogeny. Selection, optimization, and compensation as foundation of developmental theory.

  title={On the incomplete architecture of human ontogeny. Selection, optimization, and compensation as foundation of developmental theory.},
  author={Paul B. Baltes},
  journal={The American psychologist},
  volume={52 4},
  • P. Baltes
  • Published 1997
  • Biology
  • The American psychologist
Drawing on both evolutionary and ontogenetic perspectives, the basic biological-genetic and social-cultural architecture of human development is outlined. Three principles are involved. First, evolutionary selection pressure predicts a negative age correlation, and therefore, genome-based plasticity and biological potential decrease with age. Second, for growth aspects of human development to extend further into the life span, culture-based resources are required at ever-increasing levels… 
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