Canadian Positive Psychology Association

Wisdom and how to get it

  • 17 Mar 2014
  • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
  • Online Webinar

Webinar Topic:
Wisdom and how to get it

Monday, March 17, 2014
1:00 - 2:00 pm, EST

Dr. Igor Grossmann



A common idea in Western societies is that wisdom is a passive trait-like strategy, only attainable to a few by learning from their experience. In contrast, in other cultures wisdom is often linked to explicit learning and training. Until recently, researchers knew fairly little about which account is correct. Yet, recently accumulated evidence suggests that some forms of wisdom are highly malleable, both via cultural and age-based experiences, as well as via minimal experimental training in the lab. This work suggests that in cultures with an explicit focus on wisdom attainment people are more likely to use to reason wisely about social conflicts. Moreover, it suggests that simple experimental manipulations can effectively boost. In this webinar, Dr. Grossmann will review some of this work, outlining some key strategies for how wisdom can be attained in daily life.

More about our webinar speaker:

Igor Grossmann is a world traveller: Born in the Soviet Union, he lived in Ukraine, Germany, and the U.S. Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, he became an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His current research goal is to understand the processes that enable individuals to think and act "wisely," for instance by using cognitive strategies that facilitate the resolution of social conflicts, or by adaptively regulating emotions that undermine their goals and compromise their health.

Dr. Grossmann’s work was published in top journals, including Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Psychological Science, or Journal of Experimental Psychology. He is currently on the editorial board of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work has been features in the N.Y. Times, the Economist , The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Globe & Mail, Der Spiegel and many other media outlets. His research on wisdom has be recognized through a Dissertation Award from the American Psychological Association (Division 20), and the The Otto Klineberg Intercultural and International Relations Award from The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

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