The Evidence-based Wisdom Graphics Series is a new collection of infographics highlighting key findings from the field of wisdom research: Jeste’s family model of the wise brain, the wisdom research timeline, the Berlin Wisdom Paradigm, the 6 components of wisdom, current wisdom scales … Click here to find out more.
Director of the University of Waterloo’s Wisdom and Culture Lab Igor Grossmann talks to evidencebasedwisdom about the complex processes behind thinking and acting wisely, Solomon’s paradox, the importance of context, and the role of self-distancing in supporting wise reasoning. Click here to read the full interview
The most intriguing question of all in the field of wisdom research surely has to be: ‘Can we intentionally develop wisdom?’ This animation outlines 3 surprising short-term wisdom-enhancing strategies developed in the research laboratory. And the long-term? Research suggests there are a number of potential paths to developing wisdom over the life course… Click here to watch
The University of Chicago launches the first-of-its-kind Center for Practical Wisdom. Professor Howard Nusbaum, who will serve as the Center’s first director said “We believe that we can now study wisdom in a way that would be credible and help promote the importance of understanding wisdom research, as well as the importance of understanding wisdom itself”. Click here to read more.
In the latest interview in the series, Adult Cognition researcher Eeva K. Kallio talks to evidencebasedwisdom about integrative thinking, ill-defined problems, the limits of logic and the launch of the new European Wisdom Research Network Sophia & Phronesis. Click here to read the full interview
The concept of the white-haired, bearded ‘wise aged sage’, is very much part of our popular culture. But what does the science of wisdom research tell us? Does older really mean wiser? Click here to read the full post.
Can wisdom really be measured? This animation looks at how scientists wrangle with the challenges inherent in ‘scoring’ for wisdom. Which wisdom scales have been shown to be the most robust and what potential benefits follow from being able to successfully identify wise individuals? Click here to watch
10 short discussions on the big ideas and themes emerging from the field of wisdom research. Does Wisdom prevent happiness? What actually makes us wiser and what on earth does humour have to do with wisdom ? Click here to hear it all.
Before wisdom can be studied, it has to be defined. This animation looks at the three dominant models of wisdom to emerge from the first 30 years of research. And can a 2013 analysis of 24 definitions reveal just 6 essential sub-components of wisdom? Click here to watch
Read the latest post highlighting 5 very distinct perspectives within the field of wisdom research. Contributors from neuroscience, psychology, sociology and cognitive science.
In the 1980s one pioneering group of psychologists conceived of wisdom as an expertise like any other, but expertise in the fundamental pragmatics of life. Click here to read the full post.
7 experts including sociologists, psychologists, gameshow hosts and native Mohawk Elders discuss the science of wisdom live on CBC radio. Click here to listen to the full programme
“Wisdom is generally considered the pinnacle of insight into the human condition and about the means and end of a good life.”
Baltes & Staudinger, 2000