The work in the Wisdom and Culture Lab is oriented to a multitude of projects, but is guided by two key themes:

  1. Demystifying wisdom: a “philosopher’s stone” in behavioral sciences. Is there a unique quality distinguishing human excellence 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 think, feel, and act wisely.
  2. Modeling of cultural change: For at least 150 years, social scientists have developed lofty theories about the origins and evolution of culture and the role of culture for psychology. Most of these theories have not been adequately tested, relying on anecdotal and cross-sectional observations. We aim to shift the paradigm by starting to study and model change in cultural and accompanying psychological processes.

Learn more about the current projects under Research.

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


  1. Nov. 23, 2018Enterprising culture

    "The digital in itself is not a solution to anything, but an excellent tool to bring progress in a lot of fields. But, they have to be used properly with WISDOM." ~ Tiffany Fukuma

    Bringing wisdom to the digital age

  2. Nov. 22, 2018Wise Bodies, Wise BrainsOn Wisdom

    Is our capacity for wise behaviour determined not just by our psychology but also by our physiology? Is there such a thing as ‘good stress’, and how might our assessment of a situation reduce the chances of us 'choking'? Find out in our latest podcast episode: Wise brains, wise bodies!!

  3. Oct. 12, 2018Podcast: The Dark Side (With Paul Bloom)On wisdom podcast image

    Tune in to our latest podcast "The Dark Side" as we talk about how some forms of empathy may actually be dangerous for society. 

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