Igor Grossmann

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Assistant Professor

University of Michigan

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My research interests revolve around two issues. My main scientific goal is to understand the processes that enable individuals to think and act “wisely,” for instance by using cognitive strategies that facilitate the resolution of social conflicts or by adaptively regulating emotions that undermine their goals and compromise their health. My second goal is to understand how culture shapes affective processes and reasoning, given the mutual constitution of culture and the mind. In order to approach both of these issues, my work targets meaningful real world situations at the intersection of affect and cognition. I explore how age, psychological distance, and social orientation influence emotion regulation, reasoning, well-being, and wisdom, integrating these processes in a broad socio-cultural context.

Recent Publications
Aging and Wisdom: Culture Matters
Grossmann, I., Karasawa, M., Izumi, S., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2012). Aging and Wisdom: Culture Matters. Psychological Science. Abstract: People from different cultures vary in the ways they approach social conflicts, with Japanese being more motivated to maintain interpersonal harmony and avoid conflicts than Americans are. Such cultural differences have developmental consequences...
Boosting Wisdom: Distance from the self enhances wise reasoning, attitudes and behavior.
Kross, E., & Grossmann, I. (2012). Boosting wisdom: Distance from the self enhances wise reasoning, attitudes, and behavior. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(1), 43-48. doi:10.1037/a0024158 Although humans strive to be wise, they often fail to do so when reasoning over issues that have profound personal implications. Here we test the hypothesis that psychological distance enhances wise reasoning, attitudes and behavior under such circumstances...
Reasoning About Social Conflicts Improves Into Old Age
Proceedings of the National Academy of Science - www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1001715107 by Igor Grossmann, Jinkyung Na, Michael E. W. Varnum, Denise C. Park, Shinobu Kitayama, and Richard E. Nisbett It is well documented that aging is associated with cognitive declines in many domains. Yet it is a common lay belief that some aspects of thinking...
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