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7-Up Series

Attention Psychology Instructors and "Nature vs. Nurture" Lovers

Have your heard of the 7-Up documentary series? About 42 years ago, some British psychologists began to follow the lives of a group of children -- male, female, rich, poor, black, white. Every seven years, then, they do a follow-up interview to see what's going on in their lives.

This, year, the 5th follow-up documentary was released, entitled 49-Up. I'll be watching it over the weekend, but I have previously viewed the other documentaries in the series -- 7-Up, 14-Up, 21-Up, 28-Up, and 35-Up. Good stuff. Do you need to watch all of them? Probably not. They repeat some of the same footage in each of the follow-up documentaries, so I wouldn't recommend watching them all at once... However, it's good to watch the earlier ones to see how the documentary style has changed over the past 40 years. Also, some of the people in the study have dropped out, and you need to watch the early ones to see who they were (and to speculate on why they might have elected to drop out. :)


  1. Darrin Campen (Dept. Chair @ ATC)January 29, 2007 at 5:47 AM

    Hey Bret and others,

    Thanks for the tip on the longitudinal research study and documentary called 7-Up. Could be very useful in a developmental psychology class. I think this is an interesting concept you have. Keep it up.

  2. Darrin,

    Thanks for the comment. I think if you check out the series, you'll be able to use it in class quite well...


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