The Role of Developmental Psychobiology in the Unification of Psychology

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George F. Michel, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Abstract: The interdisciplinary nature of Developmental Psychobiology (DPB) means that it already unifies many perspectives in psychology. DPB explanations of the development of both individual differences and species-typical behaviors include information from cells, tissue, organ systems, family, societal groups, and sociocultural customs to explain the development of both “normal” and “abnormal” behavioral traits. DPB also contextualizes understanding of the developmental processes governing the manifestation of a behavioral trait with understanding of the adaptive functions and phylogenetic history of that trait. Thus, DPB links clinical, cognitive, social, and developmental psychology with physiology, molecular biology, evolution, ecology, and developmental biology to create explanations that are relevant for education, public health, and medicine.

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Review of General Psychology, 17(2), 210-215
Language: English
Date: 2013
developmental trajectories, interdisciplinary, multilevel explanations, theory of psychology, unifying psychology, history

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