Is the old adage "older and wiser" true? A recent study suggests that it is. A psychologist found that in the US, older folks have more of it than younger people, despite the fact that we seem to admire youth so much here. Surprisingly, he found the opposite in Japan, a country where they venerate their elders.
When psychologist Igor Grossman sent out questionnaires at random to Japanese citizens and then evaluated them without know the ages of the respondents, he found that Japanese youth had better solutions to complex questions than older citizens.
This could mean that the Japanese learn wisdom faster–that it takes us much longer to get wise. We’re a country that values individualism, while Japan values the ability to work in a group. Does this mean that groupthink produces more wisdom?
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