Jean Matelski Boulware


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Assistant Director of Communications & Research

University of Chicago

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My research interests lie in mindfulness, well-being, and wisdom and developing resiliency strategies in youth.



Recent Publications
Pursuing Practice Wisdom in Leadership
Higgs, J. (2017). Pursuing Practice Wisdom in Leadership. In Women of Influence in Education (pp. 175-188). SensePublishers. Abstract: Practical wisdom (phronesis) is an ancient, enigmatic, and intractable notion yet the manner of its workings and its influence on public life, professional practice and civil society remains little understood. Despite its profound effect on...
What do you think you are measuring? A mixed-methods procedure for assessing the content validity of test items and theory-based scaling
Koller, I., Levenson, M. R., & Glück, J. (2017). What do you think you are measuring? A mixed-methods procedure for assessing the content validity of test items and theory-based scaling. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 126.doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00126 Abstract : The valid measurement of latent constructs is crucial for psychological research. Here, we present a mixed-methods procedure for improving the precision of construct definitions, determining the content validity of items, evaluation of representativeness...
12-Item Abbreviated Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale (3D-WS-12)
Thomas, M. L., Bangen, K. J., Ardelt, M., & Jeste, D. V. (2017). Development of a 12-item abbreviated three-dimensional wisdom scale (3D-WS-12): Item selection and psychometric properties. Assessment, 24(1),71-82. Abstract: Wisdom has been reported to be associated with better mental health and quality of life among older adults. Over the past decades, there has been considerable growth in empirical research on wisdom, including the development of standardized...
Emotions, Character, and Associationist Psychology
Abstract: Emotions are pivotal in the manifestation and functioning of character traits. Traits such as virtues and vices involve emotions in diverse but connected ways. Some virtues (justice, generosity, compassion, truthfulness) are exemplified, in...
Philosophical Wisdom as a Method of Formation the Worldview of an Individual
Manukyan, M., & manukyan, A. (2016). Philosophical wisdom as a method of formation the worldview of an individual. Wisdom, 2(7), 59-62. Abstract: The article observes the role and significance of philosophical wisdom in the formation of person's worldview. It is also demonstrates the efficient ways of its usage, methods and conditions. It is noted that throughout ages Philosophy has...
Towards Professional Wisdom: Practical Deliberation in the People Professions
Clegg, C. (2016). Towards professional wisdom: Practical deliberation in the people professions. Routledge. About the Book People professions - such as social work, teaching, nursing, ministry and counselling - are at heart ethical or moral enterprises. Much recent theorizing has been concerned to show that effective professional deliberation and judgement...
The temporality of prudence in Thomas Aquinas: Towards a participatory construal of Heidegger’s sorge
O’Reilly, K. E. (2016). The temporality of prudence in Thomas Aquinas: Towards a participatory construal of Heidegger’s sorge. American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly, 499-538. Abstract: According to Heidegger’s interpretation, while Aristotle’s treatment of practical wisdom cannot be divorced from his account of theoretical wisdom, there has nevertheless been a tendency in Western thought to separate what he terms the theoretical...
Exploring the Long-Term Benefits of Adversity: What Is Posttraumatic Wisdom?
Jayawickreme, E., & Blackie, L. E. (2016). Exploring the long-term benefits of adversity: What is posttraumatic wisdom? In E. Jayawickreme & L. Blackie [Eds.] Exploring the Psychological Benefits of Hardship (pp. 41-52). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Abstract: While all major philosophical and theological traditions have argued that experiencing some adversity is a necessary condition for the full development of one’s character, no consensus exists about the nature of the specific virtues, traits...
WISDOM AS INFORMATION: TOWARDS AN INTEGRATIONAL MODEL OF WISDOM
Targowski, A. (2016). Wisdom as information: Towards an integrational model of wisdom. Dialogue and Universalism, 26(4), 163-185. Abstract: The purpose of this investigation is to define, first, wisdom from the point of view of the cognitive approach, and, second, to integrate this definition with the aspects of wisdom as defined by the semantic, cognitive, psychological approaches...
Mainland Chinese Implicit Theory of Wisdom: Generational and Cultural Differences
Hu, C. S., Ferrari, M., Liu, R. D., Gao, Q., & Weare, E. (2016). Mainland Chinese implicit theory of wisdom: Generational and cultural differences. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, gbw157. Abstract: Objectives : This is the first study on the Mainland Chinese implicit theory of wisdom. To understand the role of culture and social changes in the implicit theory of wisdom, cultural and generational differences were explored. Method: Two generations...
SHIFT FROM EDUCATION TO DEVELOPMENT: LEADERS AND COACHES IN SEARCH OF SHARED WISDOM
Choukhno, J. A., Klarin, M. V., & Kosyaeva, T. (2016). Shift from education to development: Leaders and coaches in search of shared wisdom. International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education:(IJCRSEE), 4(2), 23-29. Abstract: This paper presents the results of qualitative study aimed to explore the relationship between the perception of behaviors that support people development, core coaching competences and values supporting them, and wisdom-related values. Our...
From Knowledge to Wisdom: Science and the Good Life
Paulson, S. (2016). From knowledge to wisdom: Science and the good life. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1384(1), 8-11. Abstract: Various scientific disciplines, from sociology and economics to neuroscience and psychology, have devised innovative and empirical methods for assessing subjective states of happiness and well-being, providing intriguing new clues about our...
Using a Foreign Language Changes Our Choices
Hayakawa, S., Costa, A., Foucart, A., & Keysar, B. (2016). Using a foreign language changes our choices. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 20(11), 791-793. Abstract: A growing literature demonstrates that using a foreign language affects choice. This is surprising because if people understand their options, choice should be language independent. Here, we review the impact of using a foreign language on risk...
The Wisdom to Know the Difference: Strategy-Situation Fit in Emotion Regulation in Daily Life Is Associated With Well-Being
Haines, S. J., Gleeson, J., Kuppens, P., Hollenstein, T., Ciarrochi, J., Labuschagne, I., ... & Koval, P. (2016). The wisdom to know the difference strategy-situation fit in emotion regulation in daily life is associated with well-being. Psychological Science, 0956797616669086. Abstract: The ability to regulate emotions is central to well-being, but healthy emotion regulation may not merely be about using the “right” strategies. According to the strategy-situation-fit hypothesis, emotion-regulation strategies are conducive to...
Complexity, Diversity and Ambiguity in Teaching and Teacher Education: Practical Wisdom, Pedagogical Fitness and Tact of Teaching.
Riedler, M., & Eryaman, M. Y. (2016). Complexity, diversity and ambiguity in teaching and teacher education: Practical wisdom, pedagogical fitness and tact of teaching. International Journal of Progressive Education, 12(3), 172-186. Abstract: There is consensus in the literature that teacher education programs exhibit the characteristics of complex systems. These characteristics of teacher education programs as complex systems challenges the conventional, teacher-directed/ textbook...
Searching for Wisdom In Movies: From the Book of Job to Sublime Conversations
Gilmore, R. (2016). Searching for Wisdom In Movies: From the Book of Job to Sublime Conversations. Moorhead, MN:Springer. Abstract : In this volume, Richard Gilmore explores film as a channel through which to engage in philosophical reflection and analyzes the relationship between philosophy and film. This book argues that philosophy and film can and should be used for the...
Wisdom and Hard Times: The Ameliorating Effect of Wisdom on the Negative Association Between Adverse Life Events and Well-Being
Ardelt, M., & Jeste, D. V. (2016). Wisdom and hard times: The ameliorating effect of wisdom on the negative association between adverse life events and well-being. The Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences,0, 1-10. doi: 10.1093/geronb/gbw137 Abstract : Objectives : Old age is characterized by many physical and social losses that adversely affect subjective well-being (SWB). Yet, past studies have shown that wisdom tends to be positively related to SWB in old age, particularly under adverse...
Synthetic wisdom
Kitcher, P. (2016). Synthetic wisdom. The Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1-5. doi: 10.1111/nyas.13212 Abstract: Wisdom is a special kind of virtue. It is not to be identified with any outstanding cognitive ability—like having a prodigious memory or knowing a lot. Rather it consists in seeing what is most important and most valuable, either within a particular...
Eudaimonia and Wisdom
Law, A., & Staudinger, U. M. (2016). Eudaimonia and wisdom. In J. Vitterso [Ed.] Handbook of Eudaimonic Well-Being (pp. 135-146). Tromso, Norway: Springer International Publishing. Abstract: Wisdom is an ancient concept that has been the subject of intense psychological investigation since the 1980s. In this chapter, we summarize major findings from several different approaches to studying this elusive concept, from early work focused...
Bildung towards wisdom, through philosophical dialogue in teacher education
Helskog, G. H. (2016). Bildung towards wisdom, through philosophical dialogue in teacher education. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 1474022216670609. Abstract: In this article the author discusses the terms Bildung, wisdom, dialogue and philosophical dialogue. The author understands Bildung as the spiritual education of the soul, involving the existential growth and maturation of the individual in...
Researching Practice Wisdom in Social Work
Cheung, J. C. S. (2016). Researching practice wisdom in social work. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 25(3), 24-38. Abstract: Social workers, as skilled helpers who make professional decisions using intuitive actions rather than by following defined rules, deserve better recognition for their practice wisdom. However, since there is a tendency amongst practitioners...
Dignity, Wisdom, and Tomorrow's Ethical Business Leader
Hicks, D., & Waddock, S. (2016). Dignity, wisdom, and tomorrow's ethical business leader. Business and Society Review, 121(3), 447-462. Abstract: This article examines the role wisdom and dignity play in developing ethical business leaders, or what we call shamanic leaders, for the twenty-first century. We define wisdom as the integration of moral imagination (the good), systems understanding...
Review of Poetic Ethics in Proverbs: Wisdom Literature and the Shaping of the Moral Self
Millar, S. R. (2016). Poetic ethics in proverbs: Wisdom literature and the shaping of the moral self by Anne W. Stewart. The Journal of Theological Studies, 1-3. Excerpt : Anne W. Stewart's Poetic Ethics in Proverbs argues that the moral world of the book of Proverbs is much more complex than has previously been assumed. Proverb's pedagogical aim is character formation, including the whole person - their...
Pedagogical Wisdom: A Creative Force
Gidley, J. M. (2016). Pedagogical wisdom: A creative force. In Postformal Education: A philosophy for complex futures (pp. 229-247). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing. Abstract: The dominant 21st-century worldview is replete with stupid rather than wise values, signified by corporate greed, climate crises, environmental degradation and huge economic disparity. Is this what we want for our children and their grandchildren...
What’s Wrong and How to Fix it: Balance of Abilities Matters More than Levels
Sternberg, R. J. (2016). What’s Wrong and How to Fix it. In D. Ambrose & R. J. Sternberg (Eds.) Creative Intelligence in the 21st Century (pp. 257-262). Netherlands: SensePublishers. Excerpt : Dinosaurs were, in a sense, the dominant species on the Earth for 135 million years. Home sapiens have about 200,000 years behind their belt, perhaps 100,000 years as some kind of dominant species. Cockroaches go back at least 320 million years...
Wisdom and humility
Tiberius, V. (2016). Wisdom and humility. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1-4. Excerpt: Practical wisdom (wisdom concerned with what to do rather than what to think about abstract matters) is the virtue that enables a person to deliberate and choose well. The wise person grasps what matters in life and reasons well about how to...
Trading experience modulates anterior insula to reduce the endowment effect
Tong, L. C., Ye, K. J, Asai, K., Ertac, S., List, J. A., Nusbaum, H. C., & Hortacsu, A. (2016). Trading experience modulates anterior insula to reduce the endowment effect. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 1-6. Abstract: Trading experience has been shown to reduce the endowment effect, a decision-making bias that distorts market prices and reduces trade. Understanding the mechanisms underlying how experience changes this bias will provide important insights...
What the [bleep]? Enhanced absolute pitch memory for a 1000 Hz sine tone
Van Hedger, S. C., Heald, S. L., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2016). What the [bleep]? Enhanced absolute pitch memory for a 1000Hz sine tone. Cognition, 154, 139-150. Abstract: Many individuals are able to perceive when the tuning of familiar stimuli, such as popular music recordings, has been altered. This suggests a kind of ubiquitous pitch memory, though it is unclear how this ability differs across individuals...
Implementing character education program through music and integrated activities in early childhood settings in Taiwan
Lee, A. (2016). Implementing character education program through music and integrated activities in early childhood settings in Taiwan. International Journal of Music Education, 34(3), 340-351. Abstract: This study explores the efficacy of using musical activities to enhance the character aspect of education of preschoolers in a Taiwanese school setting. The Taiwanese educational authority stipulates that character development activities should...
Ecophronesis: The ecological practical wisdom for and from ecological practice
Xiang, W. N. (2016). Ecophronesis: The ecological practical wisdom for and from ecological practice. Landscape and Urban Planning. Abstract: This essay addresses three questions pertaining to the assertion that ecological wisdom connotes both Platonian sophia (theoretical wisdom) and Aristotelian phronesis (practical wisdom): What is Aristotelian phronesis in the context of ecological...
Wisdom and the Tragic Question: Moral Learning and Emotional Perception in Leadership and Organisations
Nayak, A. (2015). Wisdom and the tragic question: Moral learning and emotional perception in leadership and organisations. Journal of Business Ethics, 1-13. Abstract: Wisdom is almost always associated with doing the right thing in the right way under right circumstances in order to achieve the common good. In this paper, however, we propose that wisdom is more associated with deciding between better and...
Practice Wisdom and Wise Practice
Higgs, J. (2016). Practice wisdom and wise practice. In J. Higgs & F. Trede (Eds.) Professional practice discourse marginalia (pp. 65-72). JM Dordrecht, Netherlands:Sense Publishers. Abstract: Professional practice is grounded and realised in being, doing, knowing and becoming, for individual practitioners and for communities of practice. Practice is released and enacted through metaphor, interpretation and narrative. Using dialogue...
Contextualising Postmodernity in Daoist Symbolism: Toward a mindful education embracing eastern wisdom
Blom, R., & Lu, C. (2016). Contextualising postmodernity in Daoist symbolism: Toward a mindful education embracing eastern wisdom. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 1-18. Abstract: In cultivating a Western inclination toward Eastern wisdom, it is important to seek the foundations that sustain traditional practices toward such end. In a secularised and modern world view, the tendency has been to extract and abstract foundational...
Telling in-tune from out-of-tune: Widespread evidence for implicit absolute intonation
Van Hedger, S. C., Heald, S. L., Huang, A., Rutstein, B., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2016). Telling in-tune from out-of-tune: widespread evidence for implicit absolute intonation. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1-8. Abstract: Absolute pitch (AP) is the rare ability to name or produce an isolated musical note without the aid of a reference note. One skill thought to be unique to AP possessors is the ability to provide absolute intonation judgments (e.g., classifying...
Wisdom: A World History
Curnow, T. (2016). Wisdom: A world history. Delhi, India: Speaking Tiger. Summary: Trevor Curnow provides an accessible introduction to wisdom and the many ways we have tried to achieve it throughout history. ‘There’s no fool like an old fool,’ the saying goes. What is it about wisdom that sets it apart from mere intelligence...
SocioDynamic career counselling: Constructivist practice of wisdom
Spangar, T. (2016). SocioDynamic career counselling: Constructivist practice of wisdom.In M. McMahon (Ed.) Career Counselling: Constructivist approaches. New York, NY: Routledge. Excerpt: In this chapter I will first present my current interpretation of the essential conceptual ideas chracterising SocioDynamic counselling. This will be followed by a description of the key starting points for understanding SocioDynamic counselling...
Intergenerational Interactions when Transmitting Wisdom from Older to Younger Generations
Tabuchi, M., & Miura, A. (2016). Intergenerational Interactions when Transmitting Wisdom from Older to Younger Generations. Educational Gerontology, (just-accepted). Abstract : The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of young people’s reactions on changes in older people’s generativity when wisdom is transmitted to the younger people. Participants included 48 male adults aged 63–77 years. Each participant...
The effects of the MORE wisdom resources on spousal caregivers’ life satisfaction: An application of the resilience model
Kim, S., & Knight, B. G. (2016). The effects of the MORE wisdom resources on spousal caregivers’ life satisfaction: An application of the resilience model. Clinical Gerontologist. Abstract: Models of resilience suggest that psychosocial resources and their interactions facilitate resilience while experiencing life challenges of caregiving. The MORE wisdom resources (sense of Mastery, Openness to experience, Reflective attitude...
Creative Social Change: Leadership for a Healthy World
Schuyler, K. G., Baugher, J. E., & Jironet, K. (Eds.). (2016). Creative social change: Leadership for a healthy world. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Synopsis: Part of the International Leadership Association Book Series'Building Leadership Bridges' 'Creative Social Change is an inspiring book that brings together an amazing group of thought leaders to reimagine leadership in building a...
Wise reasoning in the face of everyday life challenges
Grossmann, I., Gerlach, T. M., & Denissen, J. J. A. (2016). Wise reasoning in the face of everyday life challenges. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 1-12. Abstract: How stable vs. dynamic is wisdom in daily life? We conducted a daily diary study of wise reasoning (WR) by recording people’s reflections on daily challenges in terms of three facets: intellectual humility, self-transcendence, and consideration...
Practical Wisdom in the Age of Technology
Dalal, N., Intezari, A., & Heitz, M. (2016). Practical Wisdom in the Age of Technology. New York: Routledge. About the book: The dramatic recent advances and emergent trends in technologies have brought to the fore many vital and challenging questions and dilemmas for leaders and organizations. These are issues that call for a critical, insightful examination...
“The Wisdom of Age”: Perspectives on Aging and Growth among *** Older Adults.
Putney, J. M., LeafMeeker, R. R., & Hebert, N. (2016). “The wisdom of age”: Perspectives on aging and growth among lesbian older adults. Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Abstract: As of 2012, adults age 65 and older represented 13.7% of the United States population (Administration on Aging, 2013). This number is projected to grow to 19% by 2030, with females living to age 90 and outnumbering males 55% to 45% respectively...
Ecological and Social Wisdom in Camel Praise Poetry Sung by Afar Nomads of Ethiopia
Balehegn, M. (2016). Ecological and Social Wisdom in Camel Praise Poetry Sung by Afar Nomads of Ethiopia. Journal of Ethnobiology, 36(2), 457-472. Abstract: Understanding environmental philosophies and wisdom of tribal communities provides insights into sustainable ways of living and conservation. Many tribal communities rely on oral traditions for storage and communication of ecological, cultural...
Testing the stability of “wisdom of crowds” judgments of search results over time and their similarity with the search engine rankings
Zhitomirsky-Geffet, M., Bar-Ilan, J., & Levene, M. (2016). Testing the stability of “wisdom of crowds” judgments of search results over time and their similarity with the search engine rankings. Aslib Journal of Information Management, 68(4). Abstract: One of the under-explored aspects in the process of user information seeking behaviour is influence of time on relevance evaluation. It has been shown in previous studies that individual users might change their assessment of search results...
EXAMINING THE INDIGENIOUS WISDOM IN EKEGUSII PROVERBS
Otiso, Z. (2016). Examining the indigenious wisdom in Ekegusii proverbs.The University of Nairobi Journal of Language and Linguistics, 5, 116-129 Abstract: This paper examines the cultural values and wisdom that are transmitted through Ekegusii proverbs. It demonstrates how proverbs are used to comment on a variety of human experiences and to maintain societal order. Some of the cultural issues...
Critical Thinking, Wisdom, and Paying Homage to the Human Experience
St Clair, A. (2016). Critical thinking, wisdom, and paying homage to the human experience. Voices, 42(1/2), 41. Excerpt: Throughout human evolution, we have been constantly striving towardmaking use of the technology in our lives greater and more complex. Beginning with the use of rocks as tools to the invention of the wheel, which revolutionized agriculture, technology...
Wisdom Applied: The secret sauce that has allowed me already to have achieved immortality.
Sternberg, R. J. (2016, June 15). Wisdom applied: The secret sauce that has allowed me already to have achieved immortality. Acquired Wisdom Series, Eds. S. Tobias, J. D. Fletcher, & D. C. Berliner. Education Review, 23, 1-25. Excerpt: This realization led to the earlier formulation of my balance theory of wisdom (Sternberg, 1998a), according to which wisdom is the application of one’s abilities and knowledge to achieve a common good, balancing one’s own, others’, and higher...
Enhancing the Wellbeing and Wisdom of Older Learners: A co-research paradigm
Maginess, T. (2016). Enhancing the Wellbeing and Wisdom of Older Learners: A co-research paradigm. Routledge. Excerpt: This book is not about how to grow old gracefully, invisibly, or scandalously. It is about what some older learners think being involved in an adult education programme means for them and what it might mean for other older people. Their views...
REMINISCENCE AND ANTICIPATION: HOW A BALANCED TIME PERSPECTIVE PREDICTS PSYCHOSOCIAL STRENGTHS
Webster, J. D. (2016). Reminiscence and anticipation: How a balanced time perspective predicts psychosocial strengths. The International Journal of Reminiscence and Life Review, 3(1), 1-7. Abstract: Prior research has demonstrated the separate benefits of positive reminiscence as well as positive future anticipation. Recently, attention has been directed towards the possible additional benefits of combining both of these temporal orientations...
The virtue gap in humor: Exploring benevolent and corrective humor
Ruch, W., & Heintz, S. (2016). The virtue gap in humor: Exploring benevolent and corrective humor. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 2(1), 35 Abstract: The recent emergence of positive psychology gave rise to the idea to conceptualize humor from a “good character” perspective. Present constructs, however, show a “virtue gap,” and the two concepts of benevolent and corrective humor were developed...
The Many Faces of Wisdom: An Investigation of Cultural-Historical Wisdom Exemplars Reveals Practical, Philosophical, and Benevolent Prototypes
Weststrate, N. M., Ferrari, M., & Ardelt, M. (2016). The many faces of wisdom: An investigation of cultural-historical wisdom exemplars reveals practical, philosophical, and benevolent prototypes. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 42(5), 662-676. Abstract: Psychological research on wisdom has flourished in the last 30 years, much of it investigating laypeople’s implicit theories of wisdom. In three studies, we took an exemplar and prototype approach to implicit wisdom theories by asking participants...
A Heart and A Mind: Self-distancing Facilitates the Association Between Heart Rate Variability, and Wise Reasoning
Grossmann, I., Sahdra, B. K., & Ciarrochi, J. (2016). A heart and a mind: Self-distancing facilitates the association between heart rate variability, and wise reasoning. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10, 68. Abstract: Cardiac vagal tone (indexed via resting heart rate variability [HRV]) has been previously associated with superior executive functioning. Is HRV related to wiser reasoning and less biased judgments? Here we hypothesize that this will be the...
Eastern wisdom and Western philosophy: Several comparative points
Nguyen, H. H. (2016). Eastern wisdom and Western philosophy: Several comparative points. Vietnam Social Sciences, 3(161), 37-45. Abstract: The two conceptions “the Eastern” and “the Western” have been known for several recent decades. The Eastern is used to show the area of the sunrise, including Asian countries - the civilizations in the valleys of Nile River, Ganges River and...
Assessing the Relationships Among Wisdom, Humility, and Life Satisfaction
Krause, N. (2016). Assessing the relationships among wisdom, humility, and life satisfaction. Journal of Adult Development, 1-10. Abstract: The purpose of this study was to test two hypotheses that specify different ways of configuring the interface between wisdom and humility. The first hypothesis specifies that greater wisdom is associated with greater humility. This hypothesis...
Wisdom from Everyday Development: A collection of vignettes from South Africa
Gxolo, N., Smith, N., Masango, L., & Molver, M. (2016). Wisdom from Everyday Development: A collection of vignettes from South Africa. Oxfam Autralia. Abstract: This collection of stories of change brings together various short vignettes from community based organizations in South Africa under five key themes from programme work in country. The key areas of focus of these stories are: food security...
WISDOM, APPLES & BLACK ROSES: A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING AND SEEKING WISDOM
Thompson, R. (2016). Wisdom, apples, and black roses: A guide to understanding and seeking wisdom. Pittsburgh, PA: Dorrance Publishing. Excerpt: This volume is intended to introduce the reader to wisdom, one of the most misunderstood life-changing forces in the universe. The power of wisdom, unlike knowledge and common sense, is given only to those who truly and deeply desire it. The...
Developing the Virtues:Integrating Perspectives
Annas, J., Snow, N., & Narvaez, D.(Eds.).(2016). Developing the Virtues: Integrating perspectives. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. Overview: Ethicists and psychologists have become increasingly interested in the development of virtue in recent years, approaching the topic from the perspectives of virtue ethics and developmental psychology respectively. Such interest in virtue development...
SEIZING LOCAL WISDOM: LOOKING CLOSER INTO JAVANESE FOLKLORE THROUGH JAMASAN KERIS RITUAL
Herminingrum, S., & Majid, G. M. (2016). Seizing Local Wisdom: Looking Closer Into Javanese Folklore Through Jamasan Keris Ritual. International Journal of Social and Local Economic Governance, 2(1), 35-42. Abstract: The myriad of folklores in Indonesia is a vast area to study. Jamasan Keris ritual as one of the embodiment of Javanese folklore, however, still invites many questions in accordance with the local values. Therefore, this paper tries to disclose...
Toward a Neuroscience of Wisdom
Williams, P. B., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2016). Toward a neuroscience of wisdom. In J. R. Absher & J. Cloutier (Eds.) Neuroimaging, personality, social cognition, and character (pp. 383-395). London, UK: Elsevier. Chapter excerpt: Wisdom is a quality of human nature that has been discussed extensively throughout history, perhaps most notably by Aristotle. In modern times, however, despite being considered a pinnacle of human cognition, there has been little public...
Quality teaching as moral practice: Cultivating practical Wisdom
Schussler, D. L., & Murrell Jr, P. C. (2016). Quality Teaching as Moral Practice: Cultivating Practical Wisdom. In J. C. K. Lee & C. Day (Eds.) Quality and Change in Teacher Education (pp. 277-291). Springer International Publishing. Abstract: To engage in quality teaching, requires more than just technical skills; it requires the moral capacities to achieve worthwhile aims. We posit teachers need “practical wisdom,” which cultivates teachers’ capacities to conduct themselves purposefully...
The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom
Williams, P. B., Mangelsdorf, H. H., Kontra, C., Nusbaum, H. C., & Hoeckner, B. (2016). The relationship between mental and somatic practices and wisdom. PloS One, 11(2): e0149369. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0149369 Abstract: In this study we sought to explore how experience with specific mental and somatic practices is associated with wisdom, using self-report measures of experience and wisdom. We administered standard surveys to measure wisdom and experience among...
Measurement Invariance of the Brief Multidimensional Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale Among Adolescents and Emerging Adults Across 23 Cultural Contexts.
Abubakar, A., van de Vijver, F., Alonso-Arbiol, I., He, J., Adams, B., Aldhafri, S., ... & Dimitrova, R. (2015). Measurement Invariance of the Brief Multidimensional Student’s Life Satisfaction Scale Among Adolescents and Emerging Adults Across 23 Cultural Contexts. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 0734282915611284. Abstract: There is hardly any cross-cultural research on the measurement invariance of the Brief Multidimensional Students’ Life Satisfaction Scales (BMSLSS). The current article evaluates the measurement invariance of the BMSLSS across cultural contexts...
The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated
Olen, H., & Pollack, H. (2016). The index card: Why personal finance doesn't have to be complicated. New York, New York: Penguin Random House. About: TV analysts and money managers would have you believe your finances are enormously complicated, and if you don’t follow their guidance, you’ll end up in the poorhouse. They’re wrong. When University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack interviewed...
Wisdom and Mental Health Nursing
Cleary, M., & Horsfall, J. (2016). Wisdom and mental health nursing. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 37(1), 63-65. Excerpt: Wisdom is a complex quality. For example, one person's inconsequential recognition or perception may be experienced as extraordinary or incredibly insightful to another (Randall & Kenyon, 2004). Broadly, wisdom is considered to be a higher...
Exploring wisdom in the Confucian tradition: Wisdom as manifested by Fan Zhongyan
Yang, S. Y. (2016). Exploring wisdom in the Confucian tradition: Wisdom as manifested by Fan Zhongyan. New Ideas in Psychology, 41, 1-7. Abstract: Exploring the wisdom manifested in the world's great traditions can enhance our understanding of significant human strivings to live a meaningful and satisfying life and, at the same time, to help other people live better lives. This study...
Correlates of Wisdom
Ardelt, M., & Oh, H. (2016). Correlates of Wisdom. The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Abstract: Several rating measures and standardized scales of general and personal wisdom have been developed, ranging from cognitive to noncognitive assessments of wisdom. Although correlations of wisdom partly depend on its measurement, several general...
Sailing the “Seven C’s” of Leadership
Weismuller, P. C., Willgerodt, M. A., McClanahan, R., & Helm-Remund, T. (2016). Sailing the “seven c’s” of leadership. NASN School Nurse, 31(1), 34-39. Abstract: Nurses are increasingly being called upon to lead changes within health care. How do nurses and, in particular, school nurses become leaders? School nurses lead daily in their work but often do not recognize themselves as leaders. The “Five...
Stories of growth and wisdom: A mixed-methods study of people living well with pain.
Owens, J. E., Menard, M., Plews-Ogan, M., Calhoun, L. G., & Ardelt, M. (2016). Stories of growth and wisdom: A mixed-methods study of people living well with pain. Global Advances in Health and Medicine, 5(1), 16-28. Abstract: Chronic pain remains a daunting clinical challenge, affecting 30% of people in the United States and 20% of the global population. People meeting this challenge by achieving wellbeing while living with pain are a virtually untapped source of...
Psychosocial Adaptation to Chronic Illness and Disability: A Virtue Based Model.
Kim, J. H., McMahon, B. T., Hawley, C., Brickham, D., Gonzalez, R., & Lee, D. H. (2016). Psychosocial adaptation to chronic illness and disability: A virtue based model. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 1-11. Abstract: Purpose Psychosocial adaptation to chronic illness and disability (CID) is an area of study where a positive psychology perspective, especially the study of virtues and character strengths, can be implemented within the rehabilitation framework...
Poignancy and Mediated Wisdom of Experience Narrative Impacts on Willingness to Accept Delayed Rewards
Slater, M. D., Oliver, M. B., & Appel, M. (2016). Poignancy and mediated wisdom of experience narrative impacts on willingness to accept delayed rewards. Communication Research, 0093650215623838. Abstract: Research on the impact of eudaimonic narrative has begun to identify a variety of psychologically and socially important outcomes. In the present study, we conceptually and operationally distinguish three distinctive responses to eudaimonic...
Wise Leadership in Kautilya’s Philosophy
Singh, S. (2016). Wise leadership in Kautilya’s philosophy. Philosophy of Management, 1-15. Abstract: Kautilya (4th Century B.C.) is a legendary figure in India for not only writing Arthashastra, a treatise that deals extensively with the strategies for building and running a nation based on strong fundamentals of economics and the wisdom of...
The ‘Outer Self’ and the ‘Inner Body’: Exteriorization of the Self in Cognitive Sciences
Menon, S. (2016). The ‘outer self’ and the ‘inner body’: Exteriorization of the self in cognitive sciences. Journal of Human Values, 22(1), 39-45. Abstract: In current trends in cognitive sciences, the discussion on body crosses the classical divide between the body and the self in terms of nature and function. Embodiment theories have helped to bring in the importance of the role of subjective...
School-Based Mindfulness Instruction: An RCT
Sibinga, E. M., Webb, L., Ghazarian, S. R., & Ellen, J. M. (2016). School-Based Mindfulness Instruction: An RCT. Pediatrics, peds-2015. Background and objective: Many urban youth experiencesignificant and unremitting negative stressors, including those associated with community violence, multigenerational poverty, failing educational systems, substance use, limited avenues for success...
“The Keepers of Stories” Personal Growth and Wisdom Among Oncology Nurses
Vishnevsky, T., Quinlan, M. M., Limer, R. P., Cann, A., & Danhauser, S. C. (2015). “The Keepers of Stories” Personal Growth and Wisdom Among Oncology Nurses. Journal Holistic Nursing, 33 (4), 326-344. Abstract: This study examined whether oncology nurses experience personal growth and wisdom as a result of caring for patients. Using a grounded theory approach, 30 nurses were interviewed regarding their experiences caring for cancer patients. Every...
Emotional Complexity: Clarifying Definitions and Cultural Correlates
Grossmann, I., Huynh, A. C., & Ellsworth, P. C. (2015). Emotional complexity: Clarifying definitions and cultural correlates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/pspp0000084 Abstract: There is much debate about the notion of emotional complexity (EC). The debate concerns both the definition and the meaning of ostensible cultural differences in the construct. Some scholars have defined EC as the experience of positive and...
Teaching Virtues to Business Professionals
Malloch, T. R. (2015). Teaching Virtues to Business Professionals. Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, 1-10. Abstract: The focus of many professional and executive level programs is the promotion of a secular world ethic applied to managerial decision making, but this approach has proven insufficient to develop wise managers because it is disconnected from deep...
Virtue and the Law: Classical Perspectives
Belliotti, R. A. (2015). Virtue and the law: Classical perspectives. Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, 1-8. Abstract: Classical thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Aquinas, and Machiavelli developed a perspective that insisted that a primary function of law was to nurture the souls of citizens. Although these thinkers disagree somewhat as to what the...
Virtue Ethics in Knowledge Management
Evans, N. (2015). Virtue ethics in knowledge management. Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management, 1-13. Abstract: Knowledge management can be used in an organization to achieve competitive advantage via knowledge creation, knowledge sharing, knowledge absorption, and higher quality information that enable rapid response to changes in the business environment...
The Relationship among Subjective Health Status, Wisdom, and Self-care Agency in Korean Older Adults
Yu, M., & Kim, H. J. (2015). The relationship among subjective health status, wisdom, and self-care agency in Korean older adults. Journal of Korean Academy of Community Health Nursing, 26(4), 355-363. Abstract: Purpose This study identified the relationships among subjective health status, wisdom, and self-care agency of Korean older adults. Methods The participants were 274 older adults from Daegu, aged over 65 years. Data were collected by visiting...
CEKA: A Tool for Mining the Wisdom of Crowds
Zhang, J., Sheng, V. S., Nicholson, B. A., & Wu, X. (2015). CEKA: A tool for mining the wisdom of crowds. Journal of Machine Learning Research, 16, 2853-2858. Abstract: CEKA is a software package for developers and researchers to mine the wisdom of crowds. It makes the entire knowledge discovery procedure much easier, including analyzing qualities of workers, simulating labeling behaviors, inferring true class...
Can participatory communication be taught? Finding your inner phronēsis.
Ramirez, R., Quarry, W., & Guerin, F. (2015). Can participatory communication be taught? Finding your inner phronēsis. Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 11(2) Abstract: This paper pulls together current lessons, and past mistakes, in building capacity in the art and science of participatory communication. The science is the easy part. It is straightforward and tangible. It can be taught in a classroom or through...
A Cross-Sectional Study of Wisdom: A Matter of Age and Gender
Maroof, R., Khan, M. J. Z., Anwar, M., & Anwar, A. (2015). A cross-sectional study of wisdom: A matter of age and gender. FWU Journal of Social Sciences, 9(2), 63. Abstract: The current study was designed to explore the potential relationship of wisdom with age and gender. A sample of 400 individuals, representative of both genders (men= 185 & women= 215 with age range 17-50 years) was drawn from various educational...
Clinical Wisdom
Valback, K. (2015). Clinical Wisdom. Group Analysis, 48(4), 515-534. Abstract: A diversity of cultural, economic and social factors influence our professional work as psychotherapists, and hardly anything we do with our patients is not dependent upon society’s political and moral choices. Moreover, what can be regarded...
Clinical Wisdom -Discussion
Ofer, G. (2015). Clinical wisdom:Discussion. Group Analysis, 48(4), 535-539. Excerpt: Kristian’s important article addresses the issues of knowledge and experience, and their importance to the therapeutic process (Valbak, 2015). He tells us a number of things about where he stands, and what he thinks regarding the issues of training...
How to be wise: Dealing with the complexities of life
Lindsley, J. (2015). How to be wise: Dealing with the complexities of life. North Charleston, SC: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Abstract: Wisdom can be understood as the ability to deal effectively with complex situations encountered in human affairs. In this book the focus is primarily on those that arise in everyday life. The major goal of the book is to show and teach readers...
Wise Ways of Seeing: Wisdom and Perspectives
Walsh, R. (2015). Wise ways of seeing: Wisdom and perspectives. Integral Review, 11(2), 156-174. Abstract: The capacity for perspective taking is thought to be linked to psychological development and to wisdom. This article draws from psychological, contemplative, cross-cultural, and philosophical disciplines to create an inventory of perspectival...
Gender as a Moderator of the Relation Between Age Cohort and Three-Dimensional Wisdom in Iranian Culture
Cheraghi, F., Kadivar, P., Ardelt, M., Asgari, A., & Farzad, V. (2015). Gender as a Moderator of the Relation Between Age Cohort and Three-Dimensional Wisdom in Iranian Culture. International Journal of Aging and Human Development, 0, 1-24. Abstract: This study examined whether gender moderated the association between age cohort and the cognitive, reflective, and compassionate dimensions of wisdom, using an Iranian sample of 439 adults from three age cohorts: young (18–34), middle-aged ...
Leveraging Mindsets to Promote Academic Achievement Policy Recommendations
Rattan, A., Savani, K., Chugh, D., & Dweck, C. S. (2015). Leveraging mindsets to promote academic achievement policy recommendations. Perspectives on Psychological, 10 (6), 721-726. Abstract: The United States must improve its students’ educational achievement. Race, gender, and social class gaps persist, and, overall, U.S. students rank poorly among peers globally. Scientific research shows that students’ psychology—their “academic...
The Role of Positive Self-Evaluation on Cross-Cultural Differences in Well-Being
Kim, H., Schimmack, U., Cheng, C., Webster, G. D., & Spectre, A. (2015). The Role of Positive Self-Evaluation on Cross-Cultural Differences in Well-Being. Cross-Cultural Research, 1069397115617902. Abstract: Past studies have shown that North Americans have higher well-being compared with East Asians. Objective living conditions (e.g., wealth, education, personal and political freedom) have been found to substantially contribute to North Americans...
On the Way to Phronesis: Delving into Stories of School Based Experiences of Pre-Service Teachers
Beebeejaun-Roojee, S., & Congo-Poottaren, N. (2016). On the way to phronesis: Delving into stories of school based experiences of pre-service teachers. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research, 13(4), 58-68. Abstract: There exists an on-going debate on the gap between the academic aspect of teacher education and the reality of school life. In response to this issue, many teacher training institutions propose on-job placement or ̳School Based Experience‘....
Occupational Health, Well-Being, and Aging
Schmitt, A., & Bathen, M. (2015). Occupational Health, Well-Being, and Aging. Encyclyopedia of Geropsychology, 1-8. Excerpt: Health is not merely the absence of disease but a multidimensional construct, reflecting dimensions of physical, mental, and social well-being (Pinquart 2001). Frequently used objective indicators of physical health are, for instance, blood pressure...
Work wisdom: Teaching former prisoners how to negotiate workplace interactions and perform a rehabilitated self
Halushka, J. (2015). Work wisdom: Teaching former prisoners how to negotiate workplace interactions and perform a rehabilitated self. Ethnography, 1466138115609625. Abstract: Drawing on eight months of ethnographic fieldwork at a community-based prisoner reentry program, this article investigates how staff members attempt to cultivate former prisoners’ cultural capital to mitigate stigma and facilitate interactions...
Poetic Ethics in Proverbs: Wisdom Literature and the Shaping of the Moral Self
Stewart, A. W. (2015). Poetic ethics in proverbs. New york, NY: Cambridge University Press. Excerpt: From its opening words, the book of Proverbs presents itself as a manual of instruction for the sudent to acquire the neccessary discipline and virtues to follow the wise course (I:2-7). Proverns speaks in the language of character. It offers...
The bias bias
Brighton, H., & Gigerenzer, G. (2015). The bias bias. Journal of Business Research. Abstract: In marketing and finance, surprisingly simple models sometimes predict more accurately than more complex, sophisticated models. Here, we address the question of when and why simple models succeed — or fail — by framing the forecasting problem...
What Is Wisdom? Cross-Cultural and Cross-Disciplinary Syntheses
Walsh, R. (2015). What is wisdom? Cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary syntheses. Review of General Psychology, 19(3), 278. Abstract: This article explores the nature of wisdom using an integrative cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary approach by drawing on contemporary research as well as the philosophical and contemplative disciplines of both East and West. To do this the...
How Does a Competent Teacher Become a Good Teacher? On Judgement, Wisdom and Virtuosity in Teaching and Teacher Education
Biesta, G.J.J. (2015). How does a competent teacher become a good teacher? On judgement, wisdom and virtuosity in teaching and teacher education. In R. Heilbronn & L. Foreman-­‐Peck (Eds), Philosophical perspectives on the future of teacher education (pp.3-­‐22). Oxford: Wiley Blackwell. Summary : The idea that teachers should be competent at what they do is difficult to contest. Perhaps this partly explains the popular appeal of competence-based approaches to teaching and teacher education, which, in recent decades, have spread rapidly...
On the Supposed Evidence for Libertarian Paternalism
Gigerenzer, G. (2015). On the Supposed Evidence for Libertarian Paternalism. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 1-23. Abstract: Can the general public learn to deal with risk and uncertainty, or do authorities need to steer people’s choices in the right direction? Libertarian paternalists argue that results from psychological research show that our reasoning is systematically...
Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World
Gigerenzer, G. (2015). Simply Rational: Decision Making in the Real World. Oxford University Press. Abstract : Statistical illiteracy can have an enormously negative impact on decision making. This book brings together applied and theoretical research on risks and decision making across the fields of medicine, psychology, and economics. Collectively...
Teaching for Wisdom in an Intergenerational High-School English Class
DeMichelis, C., Ferrari, M., Rozin, T., & Stern, B. (2015). Teaching for wisdom in an intergenerational high-school-English class. Educational Gerontology, 41(8), 551-566. Abstract: Although the psychological benefits of intergenerational learning environments have been well documented, no study has yet investigated wisdom as an outcome of intergenerational classroom engagement. In this study, Elders between the age 60...
Promoting prosocial behavior and self-regulatory skills in preschool children through a mindfulness-based kindness curriculum
Flook, L., Goldberg, S. B., Pinger, L., & Davidson, R. J. (2015). Promoting prosocial behavior and self-regulatory skills in preschool children through a mindfulness-based kindness curriculum. Developmental Psychology, 51(1), 44. Abstract: Self-regulatory abilities are robust predictors of important outcomes across the life span, yet they are rarely taught explicitly in school. Using a randomized controlled design, the present study investigated the effects of a 12-week mindfulness...
Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction
Tiberius, V. (2015). Moral Psychology: A Contemporary Introduction. New York, New York: Routledge. Summary: This is the first philosophy textbook in moral psychology, introducing students to a range of philosophical topics and debates such as: What is moral motivation? Do reasons for action always depend on desires? Is emotion or reason at the heart...
Risk savvy: How to make good decisions.
Gigerenzer, G. (2014). Risk savvy: How to make good decisions. New York: Penguin. Excerpt: An eye-opening look at the ways we misjudge risk every day and a guide to making better decisions with our money, health, and personal lives In the age of Big Data we often believe that our predictions about the future are better than ever before...
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