Uher, Jana

Dr Jana Uher Senior Research Fellow 

Department

Position held

Non LSE positions held

Marie Curie Fellow

 

Experience keywords:

interdisciplinary; questionnaire methods; racisms; survey methods; video analysis; Behaviour; assessment methods; computerised recording; ethnicity; gender; individual behaviour; individual differences; judgement; metatheory; methodology; person perception; personality; philosophy of science; primates; qualitative methods; race; sexism; social psychology; social relationships; social representations; transdisciplinary

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Jana Uher has developed a novel transdisciplinary paradigm that cuts across several fields of psychology, biology, the social sciences and philosophy of science. It is focused on individuals, their personality, behaviours and social relationships. Her empirical studies involve humans of different ages and sociocultural backgrounds as well as nonhuman primates. She employs a broad portfolio of methods, including computerised observations of behaviour, video-analyses of behaviour, experimental studies, standardised assessment methods, open-ended surveys and in-depth interviews using first-person videos.

Sectors and industries to which research relates:

Creative Industries and Culture

Languages:

Dutch [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]; German [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Basic, Written: Basic]

Media experience:

Has written for mainstream press; Radio; TV

Contact Points

LSE email:

j.uher@lse.ac.uk

Publications

2016

Uher, Jana (2016) Looking to solve the replication crisis in psychology? Limitations of questionnaire methods must be considered Impact of Social Sciences Blog (13 May 2016) Blog entry

Uher, Jana and Visalberghi, Elisabetta (2016) Observations versus assessments of personality: a five-method multi-species study reveals numerous biases in ratings and methodological limitations of standardised assessments Journal of Research in Personality, 61. 61-79. ISSN 0092-6566

Uher, Jana (2016) What is behaviour? and (when) is language behaviour? a metatheoretical definition Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 46 (4). 475-501. ISSN 0021-8308

2015

Uher, Jana (2015) Exploring the workings of the psyche: metatheoretical and methodological foundation In: Valsiner, Jaan and Marsico, Guiseppina and Chaudhary, Nandita and Sato, Tatsuya and Dazzani, Virginia, (eds.) Psychology as the Science of Human Being: the Yokohama Manifesto. Annals of theoretical psychology (13). Springer International Publishing, Cham, Switzerland, 299-324. ISBN 9783319210933

Uher, Jana (2015) Comparing individuals within and across situations, groups and species: metatheoretical and methodological foundations demonstrated in primate behaviour In: Emmans, David and Laihinen, Arto, (eds.) Comparative Neuropsychology and Brain Imaging. Neuropsychology: an interdisciplinary approach (2). Lit Verlag, Berlin, Germany, 223-284. ISBN 9783643906533

Uher, Jana (2015) Developing "personality" taxonomies: metatheoretical and methodological rationales underlying selection approaches, methods of data generation and reduction principles Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49 (4). 531-589. ISSN 1932-4502

Uher, Jana (2015) Conceiving “personality”: psychologist’s challenges and basic fundamentals of the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49 (3). 398-458. ISSN 1932-4502

Uher, Jana (2015) 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 (4). 600-655. ISSN 1932-4502

Uher, Jana (2014) Agency enabled by the psyche: explorations using the Transdisciplinary Philosophy-of-Science Paradigm for Research on Individuals In: Gruber, Craig W. and Clark, Matthew G. and Klempe, Sven Hroar and Valsiner, Jaan, (eds.) Constraints of Agency: Explorations of Theory in Everyday Life. Annals of theoretical psychology (12). Springer International Publishing Switzerland, Cham, Switzerland, 177-228. ISBN 9783319101293

2013

Uher, Jana and Addessi, Elsa and Visalberghi, Elisabetta (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 (4). 427-444. ISSN 0092-6566

Uher, Jana and Werner, Christina S. and Gosselt, Karlijn (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 (5). 647-667. ISSN 0092-6566

Uher, Jana (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). 1-55. ISSN 1932-4502

2011

Uher, Jana (2011) Personality in nonhuman primates: what can we learn from human personality psychology? In: Weiss, Alexander and King, James E. and Murray, Lindsay, (eds.) Personality and Temperament in Nonhuman Primates. Developments in primatology: progress and prospects. Springer New York, New York, USA, 41-76. ISBN 9781461401759

Uher, Jana (2011) Individual behavioral phenotypes: an integrative meta-theoretical framework. Why “behavioral syndromes” are not analogs of “personality” Developmental Psychobiology, 53 (6). 521-548. ISSN 0012-1630

2008

Uher, Jana (2008) Three methodological core issues of comparative personality research European Journal of Personality, 22 (5). 475-496. ISSN 0890-2070

Uher, Jana and Asendorpf, Jens B. (2008) Personality assessment in the Great Apes: comparing ecologically valid behavior measures, behavior ratings, and adjective ratings Journal of Research in Personality, 42 (4). 821-838. ISSN 0092-6566

Uher, Jana (2008) Comparative personality research: methodological approaches European Journal of Personality, 22 (5). 427-455. ISSN 0890-2070

Uher, Jana and Asendorpf, Jens B. and Call, Josep (2008) Personality in the behaviour of great apes: temporal stability, cross-situational consistency and coherence in response Animal Behaviour, 75 (1). 99-112. ISSN 0003-3472

Uher, Jana and Call, Josep (2008) How the great apes (Pan troglodytes, Pongo pygmaeus, Pan paniscus, 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 (2). 204-212. ISSN 0735-7036

2006

Vlamings, Petra H. J. M. and Uher, Jana and Call, Josep (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 (1). 60-70. ISSN 0097-7403

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Awards

2012 Nomination for the Price for Excellent Teaching, Free University Berlin; 2010-2011 Selected participant of the ProFiL-Program for the Advancement of Junior Leaders in Science, Berlin Universities; 2007 Prize for the Best Diploma Thesis on Personality in the years 2005-2006, German Psychological Society (DGPs); 2007 Prize for the Best Diploma Thesis of the Year 2006 at the Psychological Institute, Humboldt University of Berlin.

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