Thursday, February 26, 2015
Welcome to the Wisdom Research Network

Wisdom was once regarded as a subject worthy of rigorous scholarly inquiry in order to understand its nature and benefits; however until recently wisdom has been relatively overlooked as a topic for serious scholarly and scientific investigation. It is difficult to imagine a subject more central to the highest aspirations of being human.  The study of wisdom holds great promise for shedding light on and opening up new insights for human flourishing.

Supported with funding from the John Templeton Foundation, six research projects led by University of Chicago faculty, in collaboration with scientists at other institutions, will investigate big questions in the field that have the greatest potential of influencing research, education, policy and professions: What is the relationship between expertise and wisdom? How does experience increase wisdom? What is the relationship between cognitive, social and emotional processes in mediating wisdom?

As part of the Wisdom Research project, the Wisdom Research Network website features the latest news and publications on wisdom science, and encourages interdisciplinary discussions about how wisdom can play a role in the professions and in public life.

Chicago Wisdom Research Forums 2015 (video)
Read the latest news on Wisdom Research at the University of Chicago, and learn more about past and upcoming events, including meeting agendas and video recordings.
Rediscovering Internal Strengths of the Aged: The Beneficial Impact of Wisdom, Mastery, Purpose in Life, and Spirituality on Aging Well
What explains aging and dying well? This study investigated the effects of older people’s psychosocial strengths (their wisdom, mastery, purpose in life) and spirituality on subjective well-being and death attitudes.
The Wisdom Deficit in Schools
“I’m a veteran English teacher, reflecting on what’s slowly changed at the typical American public high school—and the word wisdom keeps haunting me. I don’t teach it as much anymore, and I wonder who is.” – Michael Godsey
Paths from Trauma to Intrapersonal Strength: Worldview, Posttraumatic Growth, and Wisdom
Correlational results indicated that posttraumatic growth and wisdom were positively associated. We examined pathways from stress to intrapersonal strength via changes in worldview, posttraumatic growth, and wisdom.
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Users are able to post wisdom-related news & publications, maintain a profile, and participate in discussion forums.

Current Discussion
Conversations on Wisdom: Monika Ardelt