Igor Grossmann studies people and cultures, sometimes together, and often across time. He is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, where he directs the Wisdom and Culture Lab. His interests span multiple disciplines and methods, including big data, intensive longitudinal surveys, and behavioral experiments to target complex societal issues.
How do we navigate the changes ahead? Since June 2020, I have interviewed 57 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?