Why Do Different Individuals Progress Along Different Life Trajectories?

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The core marker of progress in psychological science is the degree to which our work enhances the welfare of people. In order to effectively enhance human welfare, we must develop comprehensive models that explain why different individuals progress along different life trajectories. Exciting theoretical accounts that describe transitional processes from gene polymorphisms through moment-to-moment behavior are beginning to emerge. These early accounts highlight opportunities to investigate specific transitional steps along that long pathway, the need to understand the universal and the contextual aspects of psychological processes, and the need to define and measure psychological constructs with more precision and clarity. It is likely that creative new research in each of these areas will bring enormous progress over the coming decade.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-421
Number of pages7
JournalPerspectives on Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2009

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Funding Information:
Portions of this work were supported by NIAAA Grant RO1 AA016166 to Gregory T. Smith.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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