My research centres on meta-theoretical, methodological, and methodical foundations for contextualised research on individual behaviour and dyadic social relationships from comparative perspectives spanning both different sociocultural communities in human populations and various species. 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 (adults from different sociocultural communities, 3-6 year old preschool children, their parents and teachers) and on nonhuman primates (the great apes, capuchins and 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. (2015d). Agency enabled by the Psyche: Explorations using the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals. Annals of Theoretical Psychology, 12, 177-228. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-10130-9_13
- Uher, J. (2015c). Interpreting "personality" taxonomies: Why previous models cannot capture individual-specific experiencing, behaviour, functioning and development. Major taxonomic tasks still lay ahead. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-014-9281-3
- Uher, J. (2015b). Developing "personality" taxonomies: Metatheoretical and methodological rationales underlying selection approaches, methods of data generation and reduction principles. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-014-9280-4
- Uher, J. (2015a). Conceiving "personality": Psychologists’ challenges and basic fundamentals of the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals. Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49, 398-458. DOI: 10.1007/s12124-014-9283-1
- Uher, J. (2014). Fundamental challenges of contemporary "personality" research. Physics of Life Reviews, 11, 695-696. DOI: 10.1016/j.plrev.2014.10.005
- 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.
Department of Social Psychology
London WC2A 2AE