The study of normal and atypical patterns of human development across the lifespan. Research on the origins, nature, determinants, and interaction of cognitive, emotional, perceptual and motor abilities; personality characteristics; social skills. Research programs on childhood and adolescence include: socio-emotional and cognitive processes in normal and high risk infants and young children; family and peer relations; sex differences and sex-role socialization, and predictors of adjustment, in particular across developmental transitions. Research programs on aging examine adaptation to age-related changes and transition, lifestyle factors that maintain competence in elderly women and men, and changes and continuity in cognitive abilities, language, social functioning, subjective well being, and personality.
The following faculty members conduct research in the area of human development and developmental processes:
WILLIAM M. BUKOWSKI
KAREN Z. H. LI
VIRGINIA B. PENHUNE
DALE M. STACK