Monika Ardelt


Monika Ardelt is an Associate Professor of Sociology at The University of Florida. Her research interests include Adult Human Development and Ageing and Dying well. Professor Ardelt is also responsible for the development of the highly respected and widely used Three-Dimensional Wisdom Scale. Click here to read full her full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Dan Blazer


Dan Blazer is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences at Duke University. Together with Dr Dilip Jeste, he co-chairs The UC San Diego Think Tank, an interdisciplinary team of professionals who develop national recommendations to improve the quality of life of older Americans. Blazer was an author on the 2010 paper ‘Expert Consensus on Characteristics of Wisdom: A Delphi Method Study (Jeste, Ardelt, Blazer, Kraemer, Vaillant, Meeks, 2010) which consulted leaders in the field of wisdom research about the nature of wisdom.

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Susan Bluck


Susan Bluck is an Associate Professor of Psychology at The University of Florida. Her research interests include Social Cognition across the lifespan and lifespan differences and continuities in autobiographical memory, reminiscence, and the life story. She studied at The Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, the home of the Berlin Wisdom Paradigm. She has published extensively on the topic of wisdom (click here to read a selection of these papers). She is now Director of the Lifestory Lab at The university of Florida.

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Michel Ferrari


Michel Ferrari is an Associate Professor in the Department of Developmental Psychology & Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. He is also director of Wisdom and Identity Center. His research interests include personal wisdom in people of different ages and from different cultures around the world. He has also edited a number of important books in the field, including The Scientific Study of Personal Wisdom and Teaching for Wisdom. Click here to read full his full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Judith Gluck


Judith Gluck is a Professor of Developmental Psychology at Alpen-Adria University Klagenfurt, Austria. Her research interests include lifespan development, measuring wisdom and the role of experience in the development of wisdom. Click here to read a key paper in which she assesses the validity of wisdom scales currently used by the research community. Click here to watch Gluck’s talk at the University of Chicago’s Wisdom Research forum on the MORE life experience model of wisdom.

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Igor Grossmann


Igor Grossmann is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and the Director of the Wisdom and Research Lab based at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. His main research interest is the complex processes that enable individuals to think and act wisely. He has also done pioneering work on the development of wisdom in different cultures. Dr. Grossmann was named one of the 2015 Rising Stars in the field of Psychological Science. Click here to read full his full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Dilip Jeste


Dr. Dilip V. Jeste is Director of The Stein Institute for Research on Ageing at the University of California and a Neuropsychiatrist. He has published a number of papers detailing the neural activity associated with wise behaviours (click here and here to read more). Click here to watch an important talk in which he discusses common elements of wisdom throughout history, common elements of modern definitions of wisdom and further develops his perspectives on the neurobiology of wisdom and its implications for ageing. His literature review of the field is discussed in the EBW animation Defining Wisdom. Click here to watch his TED talk on Seeking Wisdom in Graying Matter. Click here to read full his full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Eeva K. Kallio


Eeva K. Kallio PhD is an adjunct professor in the University of Jyväskylä and University of Tampere, Finland. She is a founding member and the first president of ESRAD (European Society for Research on Adult Development) . She is also team leader of the ADULTE-WISE research team in University of Jyväskylä. Her main research interests relate to the development of adult integrative (i.e. relativistic-dialectical) thinking. In 2016, she became a founding member of the new European Wisdom Research, Learning and Development Network Sophia and Phronesis. Click here to read her full EBW wisdom profile.

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Bob Knight


Bob Knight is professor of Psychology at the University of Southern Queensland and former Associate Dean of The Leonard Davis School Of Gerontology at the University of Southern California. His research interests include age differences in the effects of emotion on cognition, and the assessment and facilitation of wisdom in older adults.

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Howard Nusbaum


Howard Nusbaum is professor of Psychology at the University of Chicago and director of the newly founded Center for Practical Wisdom. His research interests include cognitive psychology and social neuroscience. Click here to read him outline his view on wisdom as a skill that can be learnt and here detailing the progress of research at Chicago University. Click here to read full his full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Ursula M. Staudinger


Ursula M. 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. Click here to watch Staudinger’s talk at the University of Chicago’s Wisdom Research Forum on Improving Wisdom. Click here to read full her full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Robert Sternberg


Robert Sternberg, a veritable polymath of psychology, is a Professor of Human Development at Cornell University. He has developed successful theories of intelligence, creativity and even love. In the field of Wisdom research, he is renowned for his Balance Theory of Wisdom. Click here to read a key paper in which he argues that universities place too much value on intelligence and ignore the importance of creativity and wisdom in education, proposing that a synthesis of wisdom, intelligence and creativity would better prepare students to maximize their positive future impact in the world. Click here to read full his full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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Jeffrey Dean Webster


Jeffrey Dean Webster, PhD is an instructor of Psychology at Langara College in Vancouver, Canada. He is a founding member of both the Society for Research in Human Development and the International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review. He is responsible for the development of the Self-Assessed Wisdom Scale which you can read further about in this analysis of different wisdom scales and also features in the EBW animation Measuring Wisdom. Click here to watch Webster’s talk at the University of Chicago’s Wisdom Research Forum in 2015 on The H.E.R.O.(E) Model of Wisdom. Click here to read full his full EBW Wisdom Profile.

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