Dr. Igor Grossmann
Igor Grossmann is a social-cognitive scientist exploring the interplay of sociocultural factors for wise reasoning and sound judgment. Grossmann studied at the University of Freiburg and at the University of Michigan, where he received his Ph.D. in 2012. He is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His work has been published in such outlets as Proceedings of the Royal Academy: B, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Science, PNAS, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His contributions have been recognized through numerous awards (e.g., USERN Prize for Social Sciences, SAGE Young Scholar Award from Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, APA Dissertation Award). Grossmann is an Associate Editor of the journal Emotion, incoming Associate Editor of the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, and co-hosts the “On Wisdom Podcast,” aiming to disseminate scientific insights from psychology, philosophy and cognitive sciences to the broad academic audience and the general public.
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.
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.
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.