Integrative Science Initiative

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 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 (Co-Chair)
Gün R. Semin, ISPA – Instituto Universitário, Portugal and Utrecht University, The Netherlands (Co-Chair)
Peter J. Beek, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sarah Brookhart, Association for Psychological Science, USA
Daniel Cervone, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
Frances A. Champagne, Columbia University, USA
Ying-yi Hong, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, China
Annette D. Karmiloff-Smith, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom*
Klaus R. Scherer, University of Geneva, Switzerland
Leonhard Schilbach, Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry, Munich, Germany
Richard A. Shweder, University of Chicago, USA
Gabriella Vigliocco, University College London, United Kingdom

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

*APS notes with great sadness the passing of Annette D. Karmiloff-Smith, in December 2016.
In memoriam:

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The Rise in Collaborative Psychological Science
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Integrative Psychological Science Events

ICPS 2015
The inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) | Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015)

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)