Middle Childhood – An Evolutionary Developmental Synthesis
This webinar, part of the LCRN’s series based on the Handbook of Life Course Health Development, features Marco Del Giudice, PhD from the University of New Mexico.
Dr. Del Giudice is Assistant Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of New Mexico. His main research area is the evolutionary study of human development across the life span, with a focus on individual and sex differences and their neurobiological basis. He has published more than 60 papers and book chapters on a wide range of topics, from the biology of developmental plasticity to the classification of mental disorders in an evolutionary framework. With his collaborators he has advanced the Adaptive Calibration Model, an evolutionary-developmental model of individual differences in stress neurobiology, and is testing it in children and adults with a combination of behavioral and physiological methods. He received his PhD in Cognitive Science at the University of Turin (Italy), and is associate editor of the journal Evolution and Human Behavior.
In this webinar, Dr. Del Giudice discusses findings from his chapter on middle childhood from the Handbook of Life Course Health Development. Specifically, he reviews the main functions of middle childhood and the cognitive, behavioral, and hormonal processes that characterize this life stage, introduces the idea that the transition to middle childhood works as a switch point in the development of life history strategies, and discusses three insights into the nature of middle childhood.