Dr. Igor Grossmann
Igor Grossmann is a behavioural scientist exploring the interplay of sociocultural factors for wisdom in the face of daily stressors. His interdisciplinary work uses innovative methods, including big data analytics, psychophysiology, diary surveys, and behavioural experiments. Igor Grossmann studied at the University of Freiburg, Germany, and at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo. His work has been published in such top outlets as Proceedings of the Royal Academy: Biological Sciences, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Science, PNAS, Journal of Experimental Psychology: General or Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. It has been recognized through numerous awards (e.g., Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, APA Dissertation Award, Outstanding Alumni Award from the International Max Plank Research School on the Life Course), and highly-funded through SSHRC, Ontario Ministry of Science and Innovation, and foundational grants ($775,050 since 2012).
Abdo is a second-year graduate student in social psychology. He received his B.Sc. (Hons) in Human Kinetics with a minor in psychology from the University of Ottawa. Broadly, he is interested in how self-regulation shapes and is shaped by ideology, felt meaning in life, and compensatory reactions to threat. He is working with Igor to investigate how ideological threats affect wise reasoning, how interpersonal and cultural attitudes influence felt meaning in life, and the cultural processes that lead to heightened moralization.
Alex is entering his 5th year of the Social Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Waterloo. In 2011, he obtained his B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego. Among his many research interests, he is currently investigating different cognitive strategies that can help facilitate pragmatic, wise reasoning over difficult social situations. He is also interested in investigating cultural change, and understanding the processes behind increasing levels of individualistic cultural practices and values across the globe. Overall, he is largely interested in exploring culture, socioeconomic status, inequality, social hierarchy, and intergroup interactions.
Christopher is a PhD student in the Social Psychology program at the University of Waterloo. He also did his undergrad at Waterloo, receiving both a Bachelor in Accounting and Financial Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. His research interests broadly include political ideologies and their effect on behaviour, as well as closing achievement gaps for disadvantaged and stereotyped groups. His current research with the Wisdom and Culture Lab looks at the role different post-secondary education might have on people’s reasoning strategies and abilities.
Franki completed his BA in Psychology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and his Master's degree in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Waterloo. He is currently enrolled in the social and industrial/organizational psychology PhD special program. He studies cultural processes, intergroup relations and conflict resolution. His research with Igor involves examining how and when cultural collision and synergy happen in interclass interactions. Also, in collaboration with Richard Eibach, Igor and Franki are examining the dynamic functions of essentialism on self-concept, psychological continuity, social judgment and decision-making across cultures.
Harrison is a fourth-year PhD candidate and Vanier Scholar in Special Programs at the University of Waterloo. His training encompasses traditional social psychological empirical methods and qualitative inquiry to inform his mixed methods approach to research. He is broadly interested in gender and sexuality--with a particular interest in masculinity--and strives to engage a social justice framework throughout his research. Recently, Harrison has begun exploring studies of social class and intersectionality. His current work with Igor examines the impacts of social power and sensitivity to rejection on wise reasoning.
Henri C. Santos (Hansky)
Hansky is a fifth-year graduate student in the Social Psychology program at the University of Waterloo. Originally from the Philippines, he studied at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he received a B.A. in Psychology in 2012. He is interested in three questions: (1) How do people reason about social conflicts and dilemmas? (2) How do people share their insights with others? (3) What causes values and behavior to shift across societies? With Igor, he is investigating how to measure and boost wise reasoning about interpersonal and intergroup conflicts. He is also examining how the act of advice giving helps the advice-giver reason more wisely about someone else’s problems. In addition, he also studies the socio-ecological factors that are behind the global rise in individualism. Other work includes research on complex emotions, affective forecasting, and irony.
Sonia is currently pursuing an honours degree in Psychology with a minor in management studies at the University of Waterloo. The focus of her undergraduate work has been on meta-cognition, wise reasoning, and emotional complexity. Currently, she is researching how recent immigrants experience cultural transitions and how these transition effect mental and physical health. Additionally she responsible for training research assistants, conducting research studies and performing data analyses.