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Success breeds success: One of the most successful longitudinal studies
on 5 August 2013
The Harvard Grant study is unique: a group of very special (in my country we call them people who are born with a gold spoon in their mouth) men who have been followed intensively from their university studies (with lots of backgrounds material) to the present, more than 70 years. Most of them are still alive and well. You get fascinating case studies, revelations (somebody has been able to hide his horrible mother relationship until old age) and also, interestingly, how fashions change in psychology. Everything from cranial measurements to life stories has been tried with these guys. All possible theories have been proved wrong.
The fact is that we should have lots more such studies. Almost every study would be worth while when repeated sufficiently often.
But we have this one, and it is quite interesting!