Taxonomic models of individual differences: a guide to transdisciplinary approaches

  • Jana Uher
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B Biological Sciences, February 2018, Royal Society Publishing
  • DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0171

Models of individual differences: Guide to integrate expertise of different disciplines

What is it about?

Various disciplines study individual differences but focus on different aspects and use different methods. To understand individuals, we need to integrate the knowledge produced in different fields. This guide shows how this can be done in systematic ways.

Why is it important?

For a century, individual differences have largely been studied with language-based approaches in psychology. But everyday language is insufficient to adequately categorise individual differences and to explore their biological underpinnings. This guide provides systematic concepts and principles to meaningfully combine the approaches and methods that different disciplines use for exploring individual differences.


Dr Jana Uher
University of Greenwich

Interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research is challenging. But it provides unique opportunities to learn from the experts in different fields and to get to know very different perspectives on the same study phenomenon.

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