Igor Grossmann received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and is now an Assistant Professor in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo, Canada. His research interests revolve around two issues. His 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. His 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, his work targets meaningful real-world situations at the intersection of affect and cognition, ranging from daily hassles to career choices to romantic and societal conflicts. He currently explores how age, psychological distance, and social orientation influence emotion regulation, reasoning, well-being, and wisdom, integrating these processes in a broad sociocultural context.
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Culture and Ethnicity
- Emotion, Mood, Affect
- Ethics and Morality
- Intergroup Relations
- Interpersonal Processes
- Judgment and Decision Making
- Life Satisfaction, Well-Being
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Grossmann, I., Karasawa, M., Izumi, S., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (in press). Aging and wisdom: Culture matters. Psychological Science.
- Grossmann, I., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (in press). A route to well-being: Intelligence vs. wise reasoning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
- Grossmann, I., & Kross, E. (2010). The impact of culture on adaptive vs. maladaptive self-reflection. Psychological Science, 21(8), 1150-1157.
- Kimel, S. Y., Grossmann, I., & Kitayama, S. (2012). When gift-giving produces dissonance: Effects of subliminal affiliation priming on choices for one's self versus close others. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48(5), 1221-1224.
- Varnum, M. E. W., Grossmann, I., Katunar, D., Nisbett, R. E., & Kitayama, S. (2008). Holism in a European cultural context: Differences in cognitive style between Central and East Europeans and Westerners. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 8, 321-333.
- Grossmann, I., Na, J., Varnum, M. E. W., Park, D. C., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2010). Reasoning about social conflicts improves into old age. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(16), 7246-7250.
- Na, J., Grossmann, I., Varnum, M. E. W., Gonzalez, R., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2010). Cultural differences are not always reducible to individual differences. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 107(14), 6192-6197.
- Varnum, M. E. W., Grossmann, I., Kitayama, S., & Nisbett, R. E. (2010). The origin of cultural differences in cognition: The social orientation hypothesis. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 19(1), 9-13.
- Grossmann, I., & Varnum, M. E. W. (2011). Social class, culture, and cognition. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 2(1), 81-89.
- 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.
- Grossmann, I., Ellsworth, P. C., & Hong, Y.-y. (2012). Culture, attention, and emotion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141(1), 31-36.
- Cultural Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology
Department of Psychology
University of Waterloo
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Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
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