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Igor Grossmann

Associate Professor

head shot of Dr. Igor GrossmannPrediplom (BA equivalent, Freiburg, Germany), MS, PhD (University of Michigan)

Contact information

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Wisdom and Culture lab website

2015 "Rising Star" Awardee, Association for Psychological Science

2015 President's New Researcher Awardee, Canadian Psychological Association

2017 Early Career Awardee, Ontario Ministry of Research Innovation and Science

2017 Outstanding Alumni Awardee, International Max Plank Research School on the Life Course (LIFE)

Research interests

Igor Grossmann is a behavioural scientist exploring the interplay of sociocultural factors for adaptive emotion regulation and wisdom in the face of daily stressors. His interdisciplinary work uses innovative methods, including big data analytics, psychophysiology, diary surveys, and behavioral experiments, to target complex social issues.

Selected publications

  • Brienza, J. P., Kung, F., Santos, H. C., Bobocel, D. R, & Grossmann, I. (2017). Wisdom, bias, and balance: Toward a process-sensitive measurement of wisdom-related cognition. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000171
  • Grossmann, I. (2017). Wisdom in context. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 12(2), 233–257.
  • Santos, H. C., Varnum, M. E. W., Grossmann, I. (2017). Global increases in individualism. Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/0956797617700622 
  • Varnum, M. E. W. & Grossmann, I. (2017). Cultural change: The how and the why. Perspectives on Psychological Science. doi: 10.1177/1745691617699971
  • Grossmann, I., Huynh, A.C., & Ellsworth, P. C. (2016). Emotional complexity: Clarifying definitions and cultural correlates. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 111(6), 895-916. doi: 10.1037/pspp0000084
  • Grossmann, I., Sahdra, B. & Ciarocci, 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). doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00068
University of Waterloo

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