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Philosophy-of-Science (TPS) Paradigm

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The Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals (TPS Paradigm) is a line of research that cuts across several fields of the life sciences, social sciences, psychology, physics, metrology and philosophy of science 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 practices needed for comprehensive investigations of the various kinds of phenomena studied in or in relation to individuals.

The TPS Paradigm has been applied in various empirical studies involving human individuals of different ages and sociocultural backgrounds as well as individuals from more than 10 different species, especially, primates.

Prizes and awards

This research has received 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.

Grants and funding

This line of research has been supported by grants from:
  • European Commission, 7th Framework Programme (FP7)
  • German Research Foundation / Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG)
  • Vice Chancellors, University of Greenwich
  • European Association of Personality Psychology (EAPP)
  • Innovation Fund, Free University Berlin
  • Research Commission, Humboldt University Berlin

  European Commission EC   Seventh Framework Programme, FP7, European Commission      Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, European Commission      German Research Foundation DFG 

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