Welcome! I’m Igor Grossmann, directing the Wisdom and Culture Lab at the University of Waterloo. My team and I are passionate about how people make sense of the world and how cultural forces shape human behavior and societal change. Our current pursuits include meta-theories of good judgment, wise reasoning, and intellectual humility, to name just a few. We embrace collaboration and innovation, combining perspectives from anthropology to economics and computational sciences, employing cutting-edge techniques to psychometric modeling, cross-cultural research, NLP, and behavioral experiments. If you share our passion for understanding the human mind and desire to contribute to societal progress, I invite you to explore our research, join our collaborative efforts, or simply get in touch. I eagerly look forward to connecting with you!
How do we navigate the changes ahead? Since June 2020, I have interviewed 55+ world leaders in behavioral & social sciences about their forecasts and advice for the world, creating a time-capsule of hopes and worries about the post-Covid future.
Many people have ideas about wisdom, but is it anything more than a pipedream? How can we identify and train wisdom, while avoiding misconceptions about it?
One key cultural universal is that cultures and societies constantly change. How can we quantify societal change in psychological and cultural dimensions? Which dimensions change faster and why?