Sunday, November 23, 2014
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.

Improving with Age: Regions of the Brain Strengthen Over Time
Professor Angela Gutchess discusses new research into the aging brain. Current scientific research seems to support the old saying, ‘with age comes wisdom.’ Is that true?
The Effects of Mindfulness-Based Intervention on Children’s Attention Regulation
A family-centered, mindfulness-based intervention that includes yoga, meditation, perspective-taking, and mindful communication, showed potential utility to improve attentional self-regulation.
Dalai Lama enlightens and enraptures contemplative scientists in Boston
The Dalai Lama continues to explore how the insights gained by Buddhist contemplatives could be used to inform research and find new ways to promote human well-being in business and in the U.S. military.
Mindfulness-Based Relationship Education For Couples Expecting Their First Child—Part 1: A Randomized Mixed-Methods Program Evaluation
In part one of this two-part series, researchers evaluate the effectiveness of the “Mindful Transition to Parenthood Program”, a mindfulness-based relationship enhancement program for couples who are expecting their first child.
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Current Discussion
Planting Seeds of Wisdom Part 1: Can Parents Teach Wisdom?