The Center for Practical Wisdom


Mission & Goals

    The mission of the Center is to deepen our scientific understanding of wisdom and its role in the decisions and choices that affect everyday life. We want to understand how an individual develops wisdom and the circumstances and situations in which people are most likely to make wise decisions. We hope that, by deepening our scientific understanding of wisdom, we will also begin to understand how to gain, reinforce, and apply wisdom and, in turn, become wiser as a society. 

    The Center for Practical Wisdom will connect scientists, scholars, educators, and students at the University of Chicago with researchers and scholars internationally who are interested in studying and understanding wisdom, and it will provide guidance and support for learning about wisdom research, initiate new wisdom research, and disseminate the findings of such research. The Center will also work to increase public interest in wisdom, in increasing personal wisdom, and in the notion that our institutions could become wiser.

Leadership & Staff


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Howard Nusbaum, Center Director; Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago; Division Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation


Boaz Keysar, Deputy Director; Professor of Psychology and the College, University of Chicago


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Brenda Huskey, Executive Director


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Jean Matelski Boulware, Assistant Director of Communications & Research 

Core Research Team


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Marc Berman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago  

 

Anne Henly, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and the College, and Director of the Undergraduate Research Initiative in Psychology Social Science Collegiate Division, University of Chicago

 

Berthold Hoeckner, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities in the College, University of Chicago

 

Ali Hortacsu, Professor of Economics and the College, University of Chicago

 


Boaz Kesyar, Professor of Psychology and the College, University of Chicago

 

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Katherine Kinzler, Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Cornell University

 

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Greg Norman, Assistant Professor of Psychology and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, University of Chicago

 

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Howard Nusbaum, Professor of Psychology, University of Chicago Division Director, Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, National Science Foundation

Affiliate Labs & Organizations


Monika Ardelt, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology and Law, University of Florida

Albert Costa,ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Eranda Jayawickreme,  Assistant Professor, Psychology, Wake Forest University

Judith Gl├╝ck, Professor, Developmental Psychology, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt

Igor Grossmann, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Waterloo, Canada

Uri Hasson,  Associate Professor, Center for the Mind/Brain Science, University of Trento

Nancy Snow, Director, Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, co-Director of the Self, Motivation, and Virtue Project, Professor of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma

Ursula Staudinger, Director, Columbia Aging Center; Robert N. Butler Professor of Sociomedical Sciences; Professor of Psychology, Colombia University

Robert Sternberg, Professor of Human Development in the College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

Valerie Tiberius, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy, University of Minnesota

Ilan Yaniv, Professor, Psychology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem



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