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Researchers developed a new tool to measure wisdom levels

Oct. 16, 2017

Based on the concept that wisdom is a trait with not only psychosocial basis, but also neurobiological basis, researchers at University of San Diego developed a new tool to measure the level of wisdom of an individual.

In this study, wisdom is defined to comprise six most common components identified by previous literatures, including general knowledge of life and social decision making, emotional regulation, pro-social behaviors, insights, value relativism, as well as decisiveness. Importantly, these six components are linked with distinct regions of the brain evidenced by neuroimaging. The new scale, the San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE), is able to successfully measure five of the six targeted components, excluding general knowledge of life and social decision making. In addition, the reliability and validity of SD-WISE is evaluated and the results of this tool corresponded with measures of psychological well-being. Overall, this new tool can be used for measuring an individual's wisdom and has great potential in helping us understand the development of wisdom.

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Michael L. Thomas et al. A new scale for assessing wisdom based on common domains and a neurobiological model: The San Diego Wisdom Scale (SD-WISE), Journal of Psychiatric Research (2017). DOI:  10.1016/j.jpsychires.2017.09.005

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