Paul B. Baltes (June 18, 1939 – November 7, 2006) was a German psychologist whose broad scientific agenda was devoted to establishing and promoting the life-span orientation of human development. He was also a theorist in the field of the psychology of ...
Paul B. Baltes (June 18, 1939 – November 7, 2006) was a German psychologist whose broad scientific agenda was devoted to establishing and promoting the life-span orientation of human development. He was also a theorist in the field of the psychology of aging. He has been described by American Psychologist as one of the most influential developmental psychologists.
Senior Scientist, Max Planck Institute for Human Development and Education
Professor, Free University of Berlin, 1981-
President, APA Division 20
Fellow, APA, American Psychological Society, Gerontological Society of America, German Society for Psychology
Cattell Award, 1975
Gerontological Book Foundation Prize, 1987
APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution to Psychology Award, 1990
Gerontological Society of America, Distinguished Mentorship Award, 1990
1977 Life-span Developme.'ltal Psychology: Introduction to Research Methods. Erlbaum (with H. W. Reese and J. R. Nesselroade).
1990 Interpreting correlations between children's perceived control and cognitive performance: Control, agency, or means-ends beliefs? Developmental Psychology, 26, 246-53 (with M. Chapman and E. A. Skinner).
1990 Wisdom-related knowledge: Age/cohort differences in response to life-planning problems. Developmental Psychology, 26, 494-505 (with J. Smith).
1990 On the locus and process of magnification of age differences during mnemonic training. Special section: Cognitive training in later adulthood. Developmental Psychology, 26, 894-904 (with R. Kliegl and J. Smith).
1990 Successful Aging: Perspectives from the Behavioral Sciences. Cambridge University Press. (ed. with M. M. Baltes).
1991 Perceived controllability of expected psychological change across adulthood and old age. Journal of Gerontology, 46, 165-73 (with J. Heckhausen).
1991 The many faces of human ageing: Toward a psychological culture of old age. Psychological Medicine, 21, 837-54.
1992 Further testing of limits of cognitive plasticity: Negative age differences in a mnemonic skill are robust. Developmental Psychology, 28, 121-5 (with R. Kliegl).
1993 The aging mind: Potential and limits. Gerontologist, 33, 580-94.
1993 Resilience and levels of reserve capacity in later adulthood: Perspectives from life-span theory. Special issue: Milestones in the development of resilience. Development and Psychopathology, 5, 541-66 (with U. M. Staudinger and M. Marsiske).
1994 Sensory functioning and intelligence in old age: A strong connection. Psychology and Aging, 9, 339-55.
1995 Agency, control, and means-ends beliefs about school performance in Moscow children: How similar are they to beliefs of Westem children? Developmental Psychology, 31, 285-99 (with A. Stetsenko, T. D. Little and G. Oettingen).