Wisdom Research Forum 2017: Dilip Jeste (video)

Can Wisdom be Enhanced? A review of literature

The following is a recorded presentation of Dilip Jeste, Senior Associate Dean for Healthy Aging and Senior Care; Estelle and Edgar Levi Chair in Aging; Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences; Sam and Rose Stein Institute for Research on Aging from the University of California, San Diego at the University of Chicago Center for Practical Wisdom research forum in August 2017.

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Presentation abstract: Wisdom may be defined as a complex human trait that is comprised of several domains, including social decision making, emotional regulation, prosocial behaviors (such as compassion, empathy, and altruism), insight or self- reflection, acknowledgement of uncertainty, decisiveness, openness to new experience, and spirituality. While there are few reports on enhancement of overall wisdom, a number of published intervention studies have focused on specific domains of wisdom. I will present an analysis of this literature, which includes approximately 40 studies. The published reports have multiple limitations in terms of sample size, study design, randomization, control group, outcome measures, statistical analysis, and follow-up. Nonetheless, the literature suggests that appropriate behavioral/psychosocial interventions may enhance specific components of wisdom in at least a subset of individuals. Suggestions for future research on wisdom enhancement, including possible use of biological and technological strategies will be discussed.

Photo courtesy of Lloyd DeGrane.



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