Saturday, April 30, 2016
Welcome to the Wisdom Research Network

Wisdom was once regarded as a subject worthy of rigorous scholarly inquiry in order to understand its nature and benefits; however until recently wisdom has been relatively overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific investigation. It is difficult to imagine a subject more central to the highest aspirations of being human. The study of wisdom holds great promise for shedding light on and opening up new insights for human flourishing.

Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, six research projects led by University of Chicago faculty, in collaboration with scientists at other institutions, will investigate big questions in the field that have the greatest potential of influencing research, education, policy and professions: What is the relationship between expertise and wisdom? How does experience increase wisdom? What is the relationship between cognitive, social and emotional processes in mediating wisdom?

As part of the Wisdom Research project, the Wisdom Research Network website features the latest news and publications on wisdom science, and encourages interdisciplinary discussions about how wisdom can play a role in the professions and in public life.

Studies Suggest Multilingual Exposure Boosts Children's Communication Skills
NPR's Robert Siegel talks with Katherine Kinzler about her research into the social skills developed by children raised in multilingual environments versus monolingual environments.
The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom
In this study we sought to explore how experience with specific mental and somatic practices is associated with wisdom, using self-report measures of experience and wisdom.
Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Valerie Tiberius (video)
In this interview, Dr. Tiberius discusses her definition of practical wisdom, practices for wise judgment, and epistemic humility in terms of her own life experience and perspective.
Toward a Neuroscience of Wisdom
Wisdom is a quality of human nature that has been discussed extensively throughout history. In modern times, there has been little public discourse about wisdom...
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Conversations on Wisdom: Judith Glück