Transdisciplinary Research on Individuals 


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Philosophy-of-Science (TPS) Paradigm

Empirical Applications of the TPSParadigm


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About this line of research


















The Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm (TPS Paradigm) for research on individuals is a novel line of research that cuts across several fields of the life sciences, social sciences, psychology and philosophy of science in order to enable transdisciplinary explorations that match the complexity of individuals and their lives. 

A central concern is to critically analyse, improve and redevelop metatheories, methodologies and research tools needed for comprehensive investigations of the various kinds of phenomena studied in individuals.

The TPS Paradigm has been and is being applied in various empirical studies involving humans of different ages and sociocultural backgrounds and more than 10 different species, in particular, nonhuman primates.

Grants and funding

This line of research has been and is supported by grants from:

  • European Commission, 7th Framework Programme (FP7)
  • German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP)
  • Innovation Fund, Free University Berlin
  • Research Commission, Humboldt University Berlin

Prizes and awards

This research has been awarded several awards and prizes for its originality, for addressing fundamental research problems and for promoting and enabling interdisciplinary collaborative research, among them from the German Psychological Society (DGPs), the International Primatological Society (IPS) and the Humboldt University of Berlin.