The work in the Wisdom and Culture Lab is guided by two broad themes:

  1. Demystifying wisdom: a “philosopher’s stone” in behavioral, cognitive and social sciences. Are there unique qualities distinguishing sound judgment beyond abstract intelligence and personality dimensions? Or is wisdom just a pipedream? To address this question, we aim to uncover misconceptions about wisdom and identify psychological processes that enable people to reason wisely.
  2. Modeling of cultural change: Social scientists have developed lofty theories about the origins and evolution of culture and the role of social and ecological processes for human nature. Most of these theories rely on anecdotes and cross-sectional observations. We aim to shift the paradigm by studying and model change in cultural and psychological processes.

Learn more about the current projects under Research.

Learn more about Igor Grossmann's profile here or click on CV.


  1. May 1, 2020Seeking Lab Manager for Sept 2020

    The Wisdom and Culture Lab is seeking lab manager applicants!

  2. Jan. 30, 2020Scientific American Op-Ed

    Dr. Grossmann's op-ed on the meaning of sound judgment has been published in Scientific American. 


  3. Jan. 21, 2020Lab Research on Sound Judgment featured in Vox Magazine

    The recent research on folk standards of sound judgment is featured in Vox Magazine. See here for a short video explaining key concepts from the paper.

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