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Why Heuristics Work
Gigerenzzer, G. (2008) Perspectives on Psychological Science Volume 3 Issue 1, Pages 20 - 29 The adaptive toolbox is a Darwinian-inspired theory that conceives of the mind as a modular system that is composed of heuristics, their building blocks, and evolved capacities. The study of the adaptive toolbox is descriptive and analyzes the selection...
Free Will in Scientific Psychology
Baumeister, R. (2008) Perspectives on Psychological Science. Volume 3 Issue 1, Pages 14 - 19 Some actions are freer than others, and the difference is palpably important in terms of inner process, subjective perception, and social consequences. Psychology can study the difference between freer and less free actions without making dubious metaphysical...
Applying (and Resisting) Peer Influence
Griskevicius V, Cialdini RB, Goldstein NJ (2008). MIT SLOAN MANAGEMENT REVIEW, 49 (2): 84-88. Scholars of various kinds long have documented the great degree to which people are influenced by similar others. Indeed, the opinions, experiences and behaviors of friends, neighbors and coworkers can provide an invaluable gold mine of persuasive resources...
Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized
Sternberg, R.J. (2007). Cambridge University Press For thirty years, Robert J. Sternberg has been among the most vocal critics of narrow conceptions of intelligence. In Wisdom, Intelligence, and Creativity Synthesized Sternberg critically reviews and summarizes the best research available on human intelligence...
The Role of the Situation in Leadership
Vroom, V H., Jago, A G. American Psychologist. 2007 Jan Vol 62(1) 17-24 Leadership depends on the situation. Few social scientists would dispute the validity of this statement. But the statement can be interpreted in many different ways, depending, at least in part, on what one means by leadership. This article begins with...
Promoting More Integrative Strategies for Leadership Theory-Building
Avolio, B J. (2007) American Psychologist. Jan Vol 62(1) 25-33 The agenda for theory and research in the field of leadership studies has evolved over the last 100 years from focuses on the internal dispositions associated with effective leaders to broader inquiries that include emphases on the cognitions, attributes...
Trait-Based Perspectives of Leadership.
Zaccaro, S J. (2007) American Psychologist. Jan Vol 62(1) 6-16 The trait-based perspective of leadership has a long but checkered history. Trait approaches dominated the initial decades of scientific leadership research. Later, they were disdained for their inability to offer clear distinctions between leaders and...
Knowledge and imagination in fiction and autobiography
Skilleas, O.M. (2006). METAPHILOSOPHY. 37(2): 163-180. Autobiographies are particularly interesting in the context of moral philosophy because they offer us rare and extended examples of how other people think, feel and reflect, which is of crucial importance in the development of phronesis (practical wisdom...
A Handbook of Wisdom: Psychological Perspectives
Sterberg, R. J., Jordan, J. (2005) Cambridge University Press At a time when poor choices are being made by notably intelligent and powerful individuals, this book analyzes a form of reasoning and decision-making that is not only productive and prudent, but serves as well a beneficial purpose for society. A Handbook...
The Scientific Approach of Wisdom
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Wisdom as Expert Knowledge System: A Critical Review of a Contemporary Operationalization of an Ancient Concept.
Ardelt, M. (2004). Human Development. 47(5): 257-285. Paul B. Baltes and his colleagues, who are among the most prominent contemporary wisdom researchers, define wisdom as 'expert knowledge in the domain fundamental pragmatics of life.' By contrast, this article argues that the definition, operationalization...
Understanding Wisdom : Sources, Science, and Society
Brown, W. S. (2000) Philadelphia: Templeton Foundation Press Evidence of Wisdom can be seen in both perception and performance, in sacred scriptures and brain images. An eminent group of scholars from fields as diverse as theology, philosophy, medicine, biology, psychology, and linguistics were brought together...
Becoming wise: a psycho-gerontological interpretation of the Book of Job.
Achenbaum WA, Orwoll L. Int J Aging Hum Dev. 1991;32(1):21-39. The Book of Job, a prototypical "wisdom" text from the fifth or sixth century B.C.E., powerfully articulates a good man's struggle to understand unexpected misfortune. In coming to terms with his suffering and gaining understanding of his...
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