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Sears, R. R. (1975). Your ancients revisited. In E. M. ), Review of child development research: Vol. 5. (pp. 1–74). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. Sigel, I. (1988). Reminiscences of the origins of a journal. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly, 34, 349–351. 29 2 The Limitations of Concepts in Developmental Psychology Jerome Kagan Developmental psychology, like other domains in the social sciences, is being restrained by its history. One limitation is a derivative of its philosophical parents, for the first psychologists tried to gather laboratory evidence that would prove the validity of the abstract concepts of consciousness, perception, morality, and memory.
The purview of Merrill27 Gary W. ). The majority of papers considered for Merrill-Palmer Quarterly are original reports of empirical research that extend knowledge about child and adolescent development. The editors are primarily interested in submissions that advance developmental theory and generate novel findings from sound developmental methods and designs. We are especially eager to publish empirical investigations that contain provocative aims, multiple studies, and innovative methods. ) are of lesser interest unless they also contain an original substantive (developmental) component or contribution.
One-year-olds who remained playing calmly when their mother left them alone in the laboratory room and did not approach her when she returned might have a parent who is neglectful or might possess a temperamental bias that mutes states of distress to unexpected events. Unless investigators eliminate all the factors that could mediate a particular behavior or self-report, except the one of interest (which rarely happens), the inference drawn from the evidence is vulnerable to critique. One constructive solution is to quantify several relevant measures rather than one.