Thursday, September 18, 2014
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.

WISDOM RESEARCH AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO: Research Progress and New Online Resources
The Wisdom Research Network website has been updated to report on the progress of Wisdom Research at the University of Chicago. Read more about the leadership, progress, and latest news on each initiative, and review a list of associated publications and resources.
Developmental Reversals in Risky Decision Making: Intelligence Agents Show Larger Decision Biases Than College Students
Framing bias occurs in all kinds of in high-stakes real-world decisions. Results of this study suggest that meaning and context play a larger role in risky decision making than expertise and experience.
NPR Radio Interview of Boaz Keysar and Albert Costa: Your Morals Depend on Language
Would you sacrifice one person to save the lives of five others? Your answer may depend on whether you consider the problem in your native tongue or a foreign language one.
The relationship between different facets of empathy, pain perception and compassion fatigue among physicians
Understanding the way pain perception relates to empathetic dispositions and professional quality of life can contribute to the development of strategies aimed at protecting health professionals from burnout and compassion fatigue.
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Current Discussion
What Psychological and Social Factors Contribute to the Development of Wisdom?