Detecting and modelling developmental transitions

Pascal A.I. Hartelman, Han L.J. Van Der Maas, Peter Molenaar

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Catastrophe theory can be very useful in research concerning developmental transitions. It provides a number of canonical transition models as well as criteria which can be used for the detection of transitions in experimental research. In this contribution the relevance of using catastrophe theory in cognitive developmental research is discussed. In particular, emphasis is placed on the detection criteria and their operationalizations in conservation research, as well as to fitting techniques for canonical transition models with respect to their applicability and robustness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-122
Number of pages26
JournalBritish Journal of Developmental Psychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Developmental Neuroscience


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