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University of Toronto Scarborough
Marc A Fournier

th Feb 14 , LEC 10, Week 6 Continuity speaks to the issue of P development to what extent does P develop and elaborate itself over the lifespan? To what extent do the attributes we experience early in life remain the same as we age from childhood to adulthood and then to later life? All aspects of P develop over a life course not simply traits, but goals, our life narratives and so on, are all in the process of developing. Continuity means several diff things potentially, depending on the context. We will talk today about continuity of individual differences. Also called differential continuity or rank order continuity (which is simply to acknowledge at any given point in time you can rank order people on an attribute, we can rank order people in terms of how extraverted they are, and its interesting to ask whether that rank order stays the same over time?). We will distinguish continuity from coherence. Coherence is a related idea but it is distinguishable. By coherence we are acknowledging that what a trait looks like can change as we age what it means to be E at age 6 may not be identical to what E looks like at age 56. Coherence acknowledges that the reference for a given construct changes over time. The behaviors that served to indicate a particular construct may not be identical at 2 diff time points. Well then, how can we inferelucidate the underlying stability of P when its behavioral expression changes? Coherence refers to the idea that there can be an underlying structure to our P that remains the same even thought the expression to that attribute in our behavior changes. To say that if something is heritable, it should always be continuous, is wrong. One of the things that is very important to stress is that these are conceptually and empirical separate topics something can be heritable and not continuous and something can be continuous and
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