Wednesday, April 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.

Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing
Rules and incentives--even good ones--not only fail to get us what we want and need from our doctors, teachers, and lawyers, but actually move it further away. Too many rules undermine the development of moral skill, and too much reliance on incentives undermines moral will.
Teaching Mindfulness in Medical School: Where are we now and where are we going?
Mindfulness has the potential to prevent compassion fatigue and burnout in that the doctor who is self-aware is more likely to engage in self-care activities and to manage stress better. Should mindfulness training be integrated into the medical school core curriculum?
Easing Doctor Burnout With Mindfulness
Unrelenting job pressures cause two-thirds of fully trained doctors to experience the emotional, mental and physical exhaustion characteristic of burnout putting them at higher risk for substance abuse, lying, cheating and even suicide. But promising research points to mindfulness as a possible remedy.
Meditation research, past, present, and future: perspectives from the Nalanda contemplative science tradition
The field of meditation research has come a long way. As an increasing range of studies has shed light on the neural mechanisms and beneficial effects of a wide array of contemplative practices, we are entering a new phase where a broad consensus and coherent research and practice paradigms are within reach.
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Current Discussion
Are we ready for wisdom in health care?