Initiative for Integrative Psychological Science

Increasingly, the excitement in psychological science is in research that spans disciplinary boundaries, geographic boundaries and that combines different levels of analysis of the same phenomena. This trend toward integrative approaches has significant implications for research funding, recruitment and training, publishing, and other aspects of the psychological science infrastructure. This trend also creates new pressures on young investigators who want to work across disciplinary models while maintaining a core area of expertise.

Seizing the opportunities and meeting the challenges posed by integrative psychological science requires a global effort and the involvement of the full range of disciplines from the broadest cultural aspects of social science to the most molecular aspects of genetics. Pan-European subdisciplinary groups have collaborated with APS to bring about more integrative science and to connect researchers in our field, resulting among other things in the APS Postdoc Exchange and the Global Observer, a monthly electronic publication featuring research and news of interest to an international readership. In addition, there have been several outstanding symposia featuring cutting-edge integrative research, organized in conjunction with the European organizations and held during their biennial conferences (see below).

Leading the initiative are Walter Mischel, Columbia University, USA; Gün R. Semin, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Portugal and Utrecht University, The Netherlands; Sarah Brookhart, APS, USA;Daniel Cervone, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA; Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom; Anne Maass, University di Padova, Italy; Klaus R. Scherer, University of Geneva, Switzerland; Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute, Germany; and Gabriella Vigliocco, University College London, United Kingdom; along with the members of the ICPS Program Committee.

Past Steering Committee Members:
Kenneth Hugdahl, University of Bergen, Norway
Alan G. Kraut, APS, USA
Wolfgang Prinz, Max Planck Institute, Germany
Sir Michael L. Rutter, King’s College, London, United Kingdom
Tania Singer, Max Planck Institute, Germany

More on Integrative Psychological Science

Becoming a Cumulative Science
By APS Past President Walter Mischel

Psychology is Hub Science
By APS Past President John Cacioppo

The Rise in Collaborative Psychological Science
Better Interdisciplinary Research Through Psychological Science


Integrative Psychological Science in the News

The Long and the Short of It

Genetically Ever After

Mapping Mindsets

Breaking Bad Habits

The Mechanics of Moral Judgments

Naturally Nasty

Understanding Chemobrain


Previous Integrative Psychological Science Events

Understanding Environmental and Genetic Influences on Neurocognitive Development
European Conference on Developmental Psychology | Lausanne, Switzerland (2013)

Environmental and Genetic Influences on Neurocognitive Development: The Importance of Multiple Methodologies and Time-Dependent Intervention (Clinical Psychological Science)

Building a Better Psychological Science: Good Data Practices and Replicability
Annual Meeting of The European Society for Cognitive Psychology | Budapest, Hungary (2013)

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Personality Dynamics
European Conference on Personality | Trieste, Italy (2012)

Where Is Embodiment Going? (video)
Annual Meeting of The European Society for Cognitive Psychology | Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain (2011)

Exploring the Dynamic Interaction Between Genes, Environment and the Brain (video)
Scientific Meeting of the European Societies of Neuropsychology | Basel, Switzerland (2011)

Social Psychology and the Neurosciences: Perspectives and Pitfalls
General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology 16th | Stockholm, Sweden (2011)