Saturday, January 31, 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.

Twelve Days of Wisdom
Inspired by research findings from the fields of psychology, education and the other social sciences, this collection of essays offers some practical wisdom, fresh perspectives and perhaps some inspiration towards your New Year’s resolutions.
Building Wisdom and Character
Health, Happiness, and Well-Being (edited by Lynn, O’Donohue & Lilienfeld, 2014) provides the essential tools for becoming a knowledgeable consumer of information on behavioral health. This volume includes a chapter on wisdom and character by Robert J. Sternberg.
We Need to Cultivate Wisdom — Individually and Socially
Wisdom is not common in human affairs. It's typically in short supply. But it probably can be consciously cultivated, both individually and socially. The first step is wanting to do so.
Ethical Challenges in the Behavioral and Brain Sciences: Case Studies and Commentaries
"Graduate students should be required to read this volume, in which a star-studded cast of scientists explore the oft-disguised forms of ethical lapse or corruption that, alas, are never absent, even from the most serene paths of the groves of academe." – M. Csikszentmihalyi
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Conversations on Wisdom: Robert J. Sternberg