Tuesday, July 7, 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.

RECENT NEWS
Career Advice From an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer: You can’t count on your publications and awards to take care of you.
Over the course of my career, I’ve given and received a lot of advice. Much of it was wrong. Sometimes it lacked the perspective that comes with age and experience. So now, as an official "oldster" at 65..., I offer the following advice, from someone who has thought and written about academic careers for 40 years.
 
RECENT PUBLICATIONS
The Exposure Advantage: Early Exposure to a Multilingual Environment Promotes Effective Communication
Early language exposure is essential to developing a formal language system, but may not be sufficient for communicating effectively. To understand a speaker’s intention, one must take the speaker’s perspective. Multilingual exposure may promote effective communication by enhancing perspective taking.
Children exposed to other languages are better at understanding other people
A new study suggests that children who speak multiple languages are better at understanding other people. And not only those who are fluent, but those that are simply exposed to another language in their daily lives.
 
Awareness, Integration and Interconnectedness Contemplative Practices of Higher Education Professionals
Contemplative practices support transformative learning processes but can be difficult to identify in a higher education environment. In this qualitative study, 17 higher education professionals were asked how they integrate contemplative practices into their work and personal lives.
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