March 11 Werner Greve Seminar "Development of Adaptivity"

Please RSVP to kw2662@cumc.columbia.edu to attend this special seminar by Werner Greve entitled "Development of Adaptivity: Toward a Lifespan Perspective on Developmental Regulation."

It will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. in the Rosenfield Building Room 440, 722 West 168th Street.

The investigation of the development of resources and mechanisms of coping in childhood and adolescence has largely focused on the identification of developmental sequences, neglecting the explanation of the development of self-regulation. Moreover, such sequences have rarely been related to models of developmental regulation in adulthood and old age. However, from a lifespan perspective on human development it seems promising (even necessary) to look for developmental conditions and steps of adult regulatory competencies and resources.

This talk will present a theoretical framework that attempts to integrate models of developmental regulation in adulthood (in particular the two-process model by Brandtstädter) with results and arguments concerning coping and self-regulation in childhood and adolescence. In a series of empirical studies several facets of this approach were empirical examined (including methods of assessment of adaptation in childhood, functionality of adaptivity in childhood and adolescence, developmental preconditions of adaptivity in adolescence).

Finally, both theoretical implications and empirical questions to be examined will be discussed. In particular, prospects for the development of a model of lifespan development of developmental regulations will be considered.

Werner Greve is professor of psychology at the University of Hildesheim, Germany. His main research interests focus on lifespan development, coping processes, evolutionary psychology, criminology, and philosophical psychology. His publications include several monographs and textbooks (e.g., on the adaptive self, psychology of crime), book chapters (e.g., resilience in old age) and journal papers (e.g., self-regulation, human action, evolutionary psychology).