Live Webcast: Wisdom Research Forum, May 8, 2015

Join us through live, interactive webcast on May 8, 2015 to hear from leaders in a growing new field of wisdom science. This is a rare opportunity in which you may listen to several of the top researchers at a single venue share the latest developments of their work. Hosted by Howard C. Nusbaum at the University of Chicago, the Wisdom Research Forum will include speakers, Monika Ardelt, Judith Glück, Igor Grossmann, Ursula Staudinger, Valerie Tiberius, Amishi Jha, and many others.

This meeting is cross-disciplinary with scholars representing the fields of Psychology, Neuroscience, Economics, Education, Medicine, Philosophy, Sociology, Communication Sciences, Music, and Business. The diversity of meeting participants sets fertile ground for engaging discussions about various approaches for studying and applying wisdom.

You too can participate via live, interactive webcast.

Log-in at the link below to tune in and submit your questions following each talk.


1) Connect: Follow this link to the UChicago Wisdom Research YouTube page and select the session that you would like to view (morning, 9:00am Central, or afternoon, 1:15pm Central). When the webcast is live, it will look similar to a typical YouTube view box.

2) Participate: In order to participate in the discussions, you will need to be signed-in to YouTube. You can sign-in by creating a YouTube account or sign-in with your Gmail account. The chat box will be located on the right side of the screen.

Please remember there is a slight delay in broadcast, so be sure to submit your comments and questions early on. Depending on the volume of participation, not all questions and comments may be addressed during the webcast. However, unanswered questions may be addressed following the event and posted online at

3) Subscribe: Remember to subscribe to the UChicago Wisdom Research YouTube page to await the release of “Conversations on Wisdom”, a video archive of full-length recordings of wisdom interviews and talks.


Tentative Schedule, May 8, 2015

INTRODUCTION, 9:15 am – 9:30 am Central Time

MORNING PRESENTATIONS & DISCUSSIONS, 9:30 am –12:00 pm Central Time

Wisdom and well-being

Monika Ardelt, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Florida

MORE Life Experience: Developing a developmental theory of wisdom

Judith Glück, Professor, Developmental Psychology, Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt

 15-min Break

 Those who know nothing of foreign languages, know nothing of their own

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

 Communicating wisdom

Jean K. Gordon, Associate Professor, Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Iowa

 15-min Break

 Effects of meditation on cognitive function, wisdom, and well-being in older adults

Joel Snyder, Associate Professor, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Jason Holland, Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 The Wisdom of Being Here Now: Strengthening Attention with Mindfulness Training

Amishi Jha, Associate Professor, Psychology, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience, Mindfulness Research & Practice Initiative, University of Miami

 Lunch Break, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Reflective Habits and the Value of Life Satisfaction

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

Exemplars of Wisdom and Moral Theory

Linda Zagzebski, George Lynn Cross Research Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Oklahoma

15-min Break

Ignorance and the Community of Knowledge

Steven Sloman, Professor, Cognitive, Linguistic, & Psychological Sciences, Brown University

Solomon's paradox: Inhibition and facilitation of wise reasoning

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

15-min Break

The H.E.R.O. (E) Model of Wisdom

Jeffrey Webster, PhD, Instructor, Psychology Department, Langara College, Vancouver, Canada

The Varieties of Buddhist Wisdom

Steven Collins, Chester D. Tripp Professor in the Humanities, University of Chicago

15-min Break

Wisdom in Healthcare

Margaret Plews-Ogan, MD, FACP, Bernard B. and Anne L. Brodie Teaching Associate Professor of Medicine, and Director, Center for Appreciative Practice, University of Virginia

Improving Wisdom

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

WRAP-UP GROUP DISCUSSION, 4:55 pm – 5:30 pm Central Time


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