Judith Gluck


Wisdom RFP Grant Recipient
Professor of Psychology

Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt

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Judith Glück is professor of developmental psychology at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria.
Wisdom is one of her main research foci – she is interested in how wisdom develops in the course of individual lives, how wisdom could be measured in an ecologically valid way, how wisdom relates to life review, and ways to foster wisdom. Other research interests concern autobiographical reasoning and learning from life, the development of spatial cognition, and methodological and statistical issues in developmental psychology. She received her diploma (equivalent to MA), doctorate (equivalent to PhD), and Venia legendi in Psychology at the University of Vienna, Austria, in 1995, 1999, and 2001. She worked as an assistant professor at the Department of Psychology at University of Vienna from 1995 to 1999. After completing her dissertation, she spent three years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin, where she worked with Paul B. Baltes. She went back to Vienna and worked there as an associate professor from 2002 to 2007, when she moved to Klagenfurt.
Judith Glück has published in international journals including Psychology and Aging and Memory & Cognition. Some of her favourite papers come from a long-term collaboration with the autobiographical-memory researcher Susan Bluck from University of Florida. In 2005, she received the City of Vienna Research Award.


Defining Wisdom Project Description

"Wisdom and the Life Story" looks at how life events and challenges aid in the development of wisdom. Though the data collection for the project is still underway, it currently has two main findings: 1) Participant scores in multiple measures of wisdom are virtually uncorrelated, so project members are working on a heuristic for deciding which nominees to consider wise; and 2) Individuals nominated on account of being wise tend to have less stereotypical, more reflection-based views of the events of their lives. The current main goal is to develop categories for content-coding of the interview transcripts in order to test predictions concerning the MORE wisdom model. This model predicts wise participants will possess a heightened sense of Mastery, Openness to experience, a Reflective attitude, and Emotion regulation skills.



Recent Publications
The wisdom of experience: Autobiographical narratives across adulthood
Glück, J., Bluck, S., Baron, J. & McAdams, D. (2005). International Journal of Behavioural Development, 29, 197-208. This research uses an autobiographical approach to examine the relation of age to several aspects of wisdom. In Study 1, adolescents', young adults', and older adults' wisdom narratives were content-coded for the types of life situations mentioned...
Making Things Better and Learning a Lesson: Experiencing Wisdom Across the Lifespan
Bluck, S., & Gluck, J. (2004). Making things better and learning a lesson: Experiencing wisdom across the lifespan. Journal of Personality. 72(3): 543-572. Autobiographical memory narratives concerning times in which individuals said, thought, or did something wise were collected from adolescents and young and old adults. This "wisdom of experience" procedure is shown to be a valid means of studying...
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Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt

Current Position

Professor of Psychology

Highest Degree

Dr.rer.nat, Psychology, Vienna 1999

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