Paul B. Baltes


Paul Baltes: Biographical Information

Nachrufe / Obituaries

Margret M. and Paul B. Baltes Foundation


2005 World Congress of Gerontology, Brazil

Keynote Lecture on a "Psychological Model of Successful Aging" (click to download)


International Max Planck Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) (click for further information)

Research Topics
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Lifespan Psychology


Selection, Optimization, and Compensation (SOC)

Sehnsucht / Life-Longings


International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  Selected Publications (click for full text or abstract)

Baltes, P. B. (1997). On the incomplete architecture of human ontogeny: Selection, optimization, and compensation as foundation of developmental theory. American Psychologist, 52, 366-380.

Baltes, P. B. (1999). Alter und Altern als unvollendete Architektur der Humanontogenese. Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie, 32, 433-448.

Baltes, P. B. (2000). Autobiographical reflections: From developmental methodology and lifespan psychology to gerontology. In J. E. Birren & J. J. F. Schroots (Eds.), A history of geropsychology in autobiography (pp. 7-26). Washington: American Psychological Association.

Baltes, P. B. (2003). Das hohe Alter -- Mehr Bürde als Würde? MaxPlanckForschung, 2/2003, 14-19. Full text

Baltes, P. B. (2003). Extending longevity: Dignity gain -- or dignity drain? MaxPlanckResearch, 3/2003, 14-19. Full text

Baltes, P. B. (2008). Positionspapier: Entwurf einer Lebensspannen-Psychologie der Sehnsucht. Utopie eines vollkommenen und perfekten Lebens [A lifespan psychological approach to the study of Sehnsucht (life longings). Utopia of a perfect and complete life]. Psychologische Rundschau, 59, 77–86. Abstract/Zusammenfassung

Baltes, P. B., & Staudinger, U. M. (2000). Wisdom: A metaheuristic (pragmatic) to orchestrate mind and virtue toward excellence. American Psychologist, 55, 122-136.

Freund, A. M., & Baltes, P. B. (2002). Life-management strategies of selection, optimization, and compensation: Measurement by self-report and construct validity. Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, 82, 642-662. Abstract

See CV for complete publication list.

Boris Baltes
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