Friday, July 25, 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.

Our Moral Tongue: Moral Judgments Depend on What Language We’re Speaking
In a recent study, two research teams, working independently, discovered that when people are presented with a moral dilemma in a foreign language, they are more willing to make a utilitarian decision than when they are presented with the dilemma in their native tongue.
Exploring Solomon’s Paradox: Self- Distancing Eliminates the Self-Other Asymmetry in Wise Reasoning About Close Relationships in Younger and Older Adults
Are people wiser when reflecting on other people’s problems compared with their own? Research findings suggest that self-distancing plays a role in wisdom (dealing with uncertainty, examining problems from multiple perspectives, etc.).
Meditating on Those Sunk Costs
"The sunk-cost fallacy leads to all sorts of poor decision-making — like staying too long at a bad job or refusing to drop out of a hopeless mayoral campaign." Researchers investigate the debiasing effect of mindfulness meditation practice on the sunk-cost bias.
Interoception Drives Increased Rational Decision-Making in Meditators Playing the Ultimatum Game
Human decision-making is often seen as a competition between cognitive and emotional processes in the brain. Researchers investigate whether experienced Buddhist meditators are better equipped to regulate emotional processes and make wiser decisions.
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