Core Research Studies

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Core Project I: Narrative Experience and Individual Differences in Wisdom
The Chicago Wisdom Reseach Project demonstrated that listening to language about loving oneself and others increased compassion.  
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Core Project II: Varieties of Epistemic Humility and Wisdom

This project investigates the relationship between wisdom and epistemic humility, and examines how epistemic humility can be measured.

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Core Project III: Epistemic Humility, Perspective, and Wise Action

This project investigates the role of epistemic humility in individual actions that involve practical wisdom and in interpersonal actions that require perspective taking.

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Core Project IV: Exposure to a Multilingual Environment Fuels Wise Development 

Because language serves as a robust cure to social group membership, monitoring other's language usage may provide children with information about people's perspectives, social relationships, and communicative goals. 

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Core Project V: Effects of Nature on Increasing Perseverance & Reflection for Wisdom

Previous research has shown that interacting with nature environments can benefit memory, attention, and mood. Does exposure to nature increase measured wisdom? 

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Core Project VI: Wisdom as a Moderator of Stress Resilience and Stress Contagion

This project focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which some individuals flourish and persevere in the very circumstances that others find intolerable.  

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Project VII: Reflection and Language in Wisdom - Making the Implicit Explicit

This project examines how the use of language to reflect on our experiences and thought processes affects decision-making and meta-cognition and contributes to wise reasoning.
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Core Project VIII: Foundations of Economic Wisdom

This project investigates cost/time-effective interventions that can mitigate the endowment effect. 

  Center Collaborators


Essential Self Technology


Sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Essential Self Technology is a project that will identify various forms and uses for ES Tech that aim to promote a culture of health. 

IBSS: The Impact of Foreign Languages on Problem Solving

This is an interdisciplinary study of language and society sponsored by the NSF's Interdisciplinary Behavioral Social Science Research (IBSS) program.  


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