My research centres on meta-theoretical, methodological, and methodical foundations for contextualised research on individual behaviour and dyadic social relationships from cross-cultural and cross-species comparative perspectives. My special focus lies on comparisons of ethological measurements of individual and dyadic behaviours with investigations of the mental and social representations that humans develop of these behaviours in everyday life.
The enormous diversity across human cultures and even more across species entails three epistemological core issues:
(1) Meta-theoretical concepts of the phenomena to be studied
(2) Methodological approaches to decide which elements of the thus defined phenomena should be studied
(3) Suitable methods of their measurement in the population under study.
My empirical research focuses on humans (3-6 year old preschool children, their parents and teachers) and on nonhuman primates (great apes, capuchins, macaques).
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Group Processes
- Interpersonal Processes
- Nonverbal Behavior
- Organizational Behavior
- Person Perception
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Research Methods, Assessment
- Self and Identity
- Sociology, Social Networks
Research Group or Laboratory:
- Uher, J. (2013). Personality psychology: Lexical approaches, assessment methods, and trait concepts reveal only half of the story -- Why it is time for a paradigm shift. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 47, 1-55.
- Uher, J. (2011a). Individual behavioral phenotypes: An integrative meta-theoretical framework: Why "behavioral syndromes" are not analogs of "personality." Developmental Psychobiology, 53, 521-548.
- Uher, J. (2008b). Three methodological core issues of comparative personality research. European Journal of Personality, 22, 475-496.
- Uher, J. (2008a). Comparative personality research: Methodological approaches. European Journal of Personality, 22, 427-455.
- Uher, J., Addessi, E., & Visalberghi, E. (2013). Contextualised behavioural measurements of personality differences obtained in behavioural tests and social observations in adult capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella). Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 427-444.
- Uher, J., & Asendorpf, J. B. (2008). Personality assessment in the Great Apes: Comparing ecologically valid behavior measures, behavior ratings, and adjective ratings. Journal of Research in Personality, 42, 821-838.
- Uher, J., Asendorpf, J. B., & Call, J. (2008). Personality in the behaviour of great apes: Temporal stability, cross-situational consistency and coherence in response. Animal Behaviour, 75, 99-112.
- Uher, J., & Call, J. (2008). How the Great Apes (Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla) perform on the reversed reward contingency task II: Transfer to new quantities, long-term retention, and the impact of quantity ratios. Journal of Comparative Psychology, 122, 204-212.
- Uher, J., Werner, C. S., & Gosselt, K. (2013). From observations of individual behaviour to social representations of personality: Developmental pathways, attribution biases, and limitations of questionnaire methods. Journal of Research in Personality, 47, 647–667. (Interim title: Through the human personality glasses ...)
- Vlamings, P. H. J. M., Uher, J., & Call, J. (2006). How the Great Apes (Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus, Pan paniscus, and Gorilla gorilla) perform on the reversed contingency task: The effects of food quantity and food visibility. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Animal Behavior Processes, 32, 60-70.
Comparative Differential and Personality Psychology
Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
- Phone: +49-(0)30-838 55 600