Sunday, November 29, 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.

Why We Give Great Advice To Others But Can't Take it Ourselves
As it turns out, looking at our own situations from an outsider’s perspective can help us channel the wisdom we need to make good choices for ourselves.
A Route to Well-being: Intelligence vs. Wise Reasoning
Authors propose that superior reasoning may be related to well-being, specifically for pragmatic reasoning that is influenced by life experience and social context.
Conversations on Wisdom: UnCut Interview with Monika Ardelt
Dr. Ardelt discusses how life experiences may inform different paths to wisdom, and how the concept of wisdom may be influenced by context and culture.
African American Undergraduate Students’ Wisdom and Ego-Identity Development: Effects of Age, Gender, Self-Esteem, and Resilience
This study provides insight into the importance of fostering reflective and affective abilities for holistic development among young African Americans.
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Conversations on Wisdom: Igor Grossmann