Developmental Psychology publishes articles that advance knowledge and theory about human development across the life span. Although most papers address directly the issues of human development, studies of other species are appropriate if they have important implications for human development. The journal includes significant empirical contributions to the study of growth and development and, occasionally, scholarly reviews, theoretical articles, and social policy papers. Studies of any variables that affect human psychological development are considered. In the case of laboratory experimental studies, preference is given to reports of series of studies, and the external validity of such studies is a major consideration. Preference is also given to reports that provide evidence of the replicability of results using cross-validation procedures or replication-and-extension designs when these are appropriate. Field research, cross-cultural studies, research on gender and ethnicity, and research on other socially important topics are especially welcome.
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