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Igor Grossmann

Professor of Psychology, University of Waterloo

Igor Grossmann is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada, where he leads the Wisdom and Culture Lab. As a cognitive/social scientist, Grossmann has been working on demystifying what makes up a “wise” judgment in the context of revolving societal and cultural changes. His chief work aims to uncover misconceptions about wisdom and societal change and to identify cultural and psychological processes that enable people to think and act wisely. Grossmann’s work has been published in such outlets as Nature Human Behaviour, Science Advances, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, Proceedings of the Royal Academy: Biological Science, Perspectives on Psychological Science, Psychological Science, Journal of Experimental Psychology, and Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His contributions have been recognized through numerous awards (e.g., Joseph B. Gittler Award from the American Psychological Foundation, SAGE Young Scholar Award from Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science). He has been an Associate Editor of Emotion, an Associate Editor of Social Psychological and Personality Science, is the Editor-in-Chief of Psychological Inquiry, and co-hosts the “On Wisdom Podcast,” aiming to disseminate scientific insights from cognitive and social sciences to the broad academic audience and the general public. Professor Grossmann holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Michigan.


  • 2023–present
    Professor, University of Waterloo
  • 2017–2023
    Associate professor, University of Waterloo


  • 2012 
    University of Michigan, Ph.D. / Psychology