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Paul Baltes (1147)

1939, Saarlouis, Germany
Short Biography
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 ... Show more | More at Wikipedia
  • Diploma University of Saarbrucken, 1963
  • PhD, 1967
  • Hon. PhD University of Jvyaskylii, Finland, 1990
Appointments & Honors
  • 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
Principal Publications
  • 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).