Education and Practice

Curricular Resources

Wisdom Research Forum Talks

Available talks include research presentations by Robert Sternberg, Dilip Jeste, Judith Gluck, Igor Grossmann, and Monika Ardelt, among others

Presentations are available from forums 2014-2017

Conversations on Wisdom Video Series

Interviews with researchers including Ursula Staudinger, Barry Schwartz, Richard Davidson, and Amishi Jha, among others

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Development & Practice

Academic Minute: Berthold Hoeckner, University of Chicago – Wisdom, Meditation and Ballet Too

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Does wisdom come from the mind or does the body have a part to play as well? 

Berthold Hoecker, Associate Professor of Music and the Humanities at the University of Chicago, discusses how being in tune with both mind and body can make for a wiser individual. Graphic series

Available Infographs include:

Models of wisdom - the Three Dimensional Wisdom Scale, Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale, The Berlin Wisdom Paradigm, and the Balance Theory of Wisdom

Characteristics of wisdom

Measuring wisdom

Wisdom Research

Implicit wisdom & Folk theories

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Developing Wisdom: An animation

Cassidy, C. (Producer). (2016). Developing wisdom [video series]. United Kingdom: Evidence Based Wisdom. Retrieved from

  • Practical Wisdom in Daily Life

  • Practice in the Professions

Parenting:  Planting seeds Part 1, Can parents teach wisdom?

Do children grow into wise adults because we adults planted the seeds of wisdom in childhood? Just as Mother Nature unlocks the potential in each flower seedling to produce colorful blooms, can wise parents unlock the infinite potential within each child to blossom in beautiful and unique ways? Always, at the core of that evolution, lies wisdom.

For many of us, wisdom often seems elusive, attainable, perhaps, only by the aged. Published research has identified several common characteristics associated with wisdom (Meeks & Jeste, 2009): prosocial attitudes and behavior, social decosion making abilities, emotional homeostasis,reflection, self-understanding, value relativism, tolerance, dealing with uncertainty Are there antecedents to wisdom that can set us on a trajectory towards wisdom?  

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The Wise Leader: Harvard Business Review

Ignatius, A. (Producer). (2011). The big Idea: The wise leader [video series]. Harvard Business Review. Retrieved from

Decision Making: 12 cognitive biases explained

Practical Psychology. (2016). 12 Cognitive biases explained [video series]. Retreived from


Post Secondary Education: Learning through reflection and self-assessment

Northeastern University School of Law. (2014). Learning through reflection and sel-assessment [video series]. LegalED. Retrieved from

Psychological Distance:

This mind hack is simple: you imagine yourself way off in the future, or living in a different country or as a different person. The aim is to have that feeling of detachment, of stepping outside yourself, by whatever means you can.

This puts you into an abstract or psychologically distant frame of mind that has all kinds of effects on your perceptions of the world.

1. Make challenging tasks seems easier. When When you are finding a task difficult, increasing your psychological distance from it makes it feel easier: "Activating an abstract mindset reduced the feeling of difficulty. A direct manipulation of distance from the task produced the same effect: Participants found the task to be less difficult when they distanced themselves from the task by leaning back in their seats." (Thomas & Tsai, 2011) So, it's just as true of physical distance as it is for psychological distance. 

2. Generate self insight...

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Elementary Education: Planting seeds Part 2, Teaching wisdom blog

Some say that wisdom cannot be taught, and that wisdom may be gained only through a life-time of learning through real-world experience. Yet if wisdom can be learned, it can be taught. But how? (Sternberg, 2001; Reznitskaya & Sternberg, 2004).

The wisest of teachers have always been able to instill wisdom in their students, but until the past decade or so, they haven’t had much organizational help doing it. We are now beginning to see the foundations of wisdom being integrated, holistically, into the formal curriculum. All across the country, wisdom-enhancing programs are emerging in school systems and other educational forums. And all around us, we’re beginning to see these little seeds of wisdom sprout in the form of mindful, well-adjusted, emotionally intelligent children...  

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