Biological Measures of Human Experience across the Lifespan

Making Visible the Invisible

  • Lynnette Leidy Sievert
  • Daniel E. Brown

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Daniel E. Brown, Lynnette Leidy Sievert
    Pages 1-10
  3. Beginnings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Alanna E. F. Rudzik, Helen L. Ball
      Pages 29-46
    3. Michelle Lampl, Amanda Mummert, Meriah Schoen
      Pages 47-66
    4. Robert M. Malina, Sean P. Cumming, Manuel J. Coelho-e-Silva
      Pages 67-101
  4. Adulthood

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 103-103
    2. Marc W. Heft, Michael E. Robinson
      Pages 105-115
    3. Tracy E. Crane, Cynthia A. Thomson
      Pages 171-193
  5. Aging

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 231-231
    2. William I. Fisher, Rebecca C. Thurston
      Pages 233-254
    3. Linda M. Gerber, Felicia C. Madimenos
      Pages 255-273
    4. Miriam T. Weber, Pauline M. Maki
      Pages 275-299
  6. Making Visible the Invisible

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 301-301
    2. Lynnette Leidy Sievert, Daniel E. Brown
      Pages 311-326
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 327-336

About this book


The proposed volume explores methods used by social scientists and human biologists to understand fundamental aspects of human experience. It is organized by stages of the human lifespan: beginnings, adulthood, and aging. Explored are particular kinds of experiences - including pain, stress, activity levels, sleep quality, memory, and menopausal hot flashes - that have traditionally relied upon self-reports, but are subject to inter-individual differences in self-awareness or culture-based expectations. The volume also examines other ways in which normally “invisible” phenomena can be made visible, such as the caloric content of foods, blood pressure, fecundity, growth, nutritional status, genotypes, and bone health. All of the chapters in this book address the means by which social scientists and human biologists measure subjective and objective experience.


Biological variations of growth spurts and behavior Fundamental aspects of human experience Invisible cognitive phenomena Parental sleep fragmentation and deprivation Physiological activity of gonads Role of biological processes in cognitive activity

Editors and affiliations

  • Lynnette Leidy Sievert
    • 1
  • Daniel E. Brown
    • 2
  1. 1.University of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.University of HawaiiHiloUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-44101-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-44103-0
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