Saturday, May 23, 2015
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.

May 8th Wisdom Research Forum - Video Footage
Raw footage of our May 8th Wisdom Research Forum webcast is available for viewing on the UChicago Wisdom Research YouTube page.
Trait Mindfulness and Cognitive Task Performance: Examining the Attentional Construct of Mindfulness
Clarifying the construct of mindfulness is important so that mindfulness can be studied effectively in individual differences and cognition research. This study indicates that mindfulness scales may not be capturing the attentional aspects of mindfulness.
Starving for Wisdom
“We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom.” That epigram from E.O. Wilson captures the dilemma of our era. Yet the solution of some folks is to disdain wisdom.
The Importance of Cultivating Mindfulness for Cognitive and Emotional Well-Being in Late Life
Given the robust positive association between perceived stress and cognitive impairment in late life, the current study evaluated the association between trait mindfulness, psychological well-being, and cognitive function in 73 healthy community-dwelling older adults.
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Users are able to post wisdom-related news & publications, maintain a profile, and participate in discussion forums.

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Thinking about wisdom as a skill