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University of Chicago research suggests Ballet and Meditation linked to wisdom

Surprising new study from the University of Chicago’s Defining Wisdom project suggests that ballet and meditation may lead to the development of wisdom. The study looked at practitioners of ballet, meditation, the Alexander technique and the Feldenkrais method. Meditators scored highest on measures of wisdom and ballet dancers scored the lowest. However, the more the dancers practised, the higher they scored on measures of wisdom.

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New York Times – Wisdom of the Aged. A Year in the life of 6 New Yorkers over 85 report less time wasted on anger & worry.

For six New Yorkers age 85 and older, whose lives were followed throughout the year, old age is a mixture of happiness and sadness, with less time wasted on anger and worry. Featuring expert analysis from Monika Ardelt, Sociologist and pioneering wisdom researcher from the University of Florida, and Laura L. Carstensen, founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity.

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Huffington Post talks to lifespan psychologist Ursula Staudinger about the 10 most surprising findings from wisdom research

Professor Ursula Staudinger is Director of The Columbia Ageing Centre and a lifespan Psychologist. As well as having developed the much-celebrated Berlin Wisdom Paradigm with Paul Baltes in the 1990s, she has recently developed a new scale of wisdom measurement called The Bremen Measure of Personal Wisdom, which you can read about by clicking here. In this interview she highlights 10 essential and surprising findings from the field of wisdom research.

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New York Times – The Science of Older and Wiser: Journalist Phyllis Korkki

New York Times on ‘The Science of Older and Wiser’: featuring wisdom research pioneer Vivian Clayton, emotional intelligence trailblazer Daniel Goleman and founding director of the Stanford Center on Longevity Laura Carstensen.

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Doctors Dilip Jeste and Professor Dan Blazer discuss evolutionary role of wisdom with San Diego Tribune

Dr. Dilip V. Jeste is Director of The Stein Institute for Research on Ageing at the University of California and a Neuropsychiatrist. You can watch his talk his talk ‘Wisdom and Successful Ageing’ by clicking here. Professor Dan Blazer is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Duke University. They co-chair The UC San Diego Think Tank, an interdisciplinary team of professionals who develop national recommendations to improve the quality of life of older Americans. In this article they discuss the benefits wisdom to navigating ageing as well as supporting healthy development in successive generations.

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The Economist reports on Igor Grossman’s research into the different ways wisdom develops with ageing in North America vs Japan.

Professor Igor Grossman runs the Wisdom and Culture Lab at Canada’s University of Waterloo. His research suggests that whilst North Americans do indeed get wiser as they age, Japanese don’t. However, further analysis suggests this may be because they are wise from the start.

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New York Times – The Older and Wiser Hypothesis: Journalist Stephen Hall

New York Times science writer Stephen Hall traces the emergence of the new field of wisdom research and highlights early findings. Hall is the author of Wisdom: From Philosophy to Neuroscience.

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Huffington Post talks to psychologist Howard Nusbaum about the birth of the new field of Wisdom Science

Professor of Psychology Howard Nusbaum is Principal Investigator of Chigaco University’s Wisdom Research project. In this article he discusses wisdom and ageing, the challenges of studying wisdom scientifically and the importance of a multidisciplinary approach to wisdom research.

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Wisdom Research Forum, University of Chicago – 8th May 2015

As part of the University of Chicago’s Wisdom Research programme, leading scientists in the field of Wisdom research recently gathered in Chicago to discuss their work. The talks and discussion were live streamed and are now available for viewing on youtube.

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San Diego Union Tribune talks to neuroscientist Dilip Jeste about the neural foundations of Wisdom

UCSD professor and neuroscientist Dilip Jeste outlines the brain circuitry that may underlie wisdom. To read the original paper detailing his research, click here.

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