24th Biennial Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Behavioural Development

July 10-14, 2016 | Vilnius, Lithuania

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop No. 1. Longitudinal data analysis: Applications in Mplus

Elisabetta Crocetti 
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
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The workshop will cover main longitudinal data analytic approaches. It will be organized into three parts focused on (1) Cross-lagged panel models, (2) Latent Growth Analysis (LGA) and (3) Latent Class Growth Analysis (LCGA) and Growth Mixture Modeling (GMM).
Each part will entail an explanation of the statistical model, examples of the applications of the statistical model drawn from the literature, and practical exercises in Mplus.
Participants are required to bring their own laptops with Mplus installed for conducting practical exercises. A demo version of Mplus can be found at: www.statmodel.com 

Workshop No. 2. Adapting tests for use in other cultures

Fons J. R. van de Vijver
Tilburg University, the Netherlands
North-West University, South Africa
University of Queensland, Australia

The workshop will present major issues in test adaptations. The central question will be when and how instruments should be adapted for use in new cultural contexts. The workshop, describing both qualitative and quantitative procedures, will comprise three parts: (1) Explanation of the theoretical framework. Adaptations can be driven by aspects of the construct measured, cultures involved (notably communication style), language aspects, and measurement aspects (notably familiarity/recognizability). (2) Examples of different types of test adaptations will be given. (3) The main statistical procedures to address the adequacy of test adaptations will be described. Common statistical software will be used, such as SPSS and AMOS. Participants should bring a computer.

Workshop No. 3. Scientific writing

Robert. V. Kail
Purdue University, USA
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This workshop will consist of several lessons designed to help participants learn to write clearly, concisely, and gracefully. The workshop will be highly interactive: each lesson is organized around a single theme (e.g., how to convey emphasis) in which heuristics are presented and participants practice those heuristics in an anonymous chat room.

Workshop No. 4. Communicating research to public policy audiences

Ariel Kalil
University of Chicago, USA
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This workshop will focus on how to communicate research findings in developmental psychology to a public policy audience. The workshop will be highly interactive. Specifically, we will focus on (1) the optimal design of research studies likely to make the biggest impact on public policy makers; (2) writing and presenting research for policy makers versus academic audiences; and (3) strategies for early career researchers to become effectively engaged in public policy discussions and debates.  

Workshop No. 5. New directions for the study of emotion regulation & its development

Pamela M. Cole
Penn State University, USA
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Peter Zimmermann
Bergische Universität Wuppertal, Germany
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This workshop will help early career researchers address gaps in empirical knowledge about the development of emotion regulation. Specifically, we focus on three needs (1) the need for a complete lifespan perspective on emotional development, (2) the need for a dynamic view of emotion regulation and its development, and (3) the need for a sophisticated understanding of culture & emotional development. This workshop will help early career researchers in designing research that addresses the dynamic nature of emotion regulation, its development across the lifespan and in varied cultural contexts.