The Optimism Bias

The Optimism Bias

by Tali Sharot

Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe) Publication Date: 05/01/2012

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Winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award for Popular Psychology


Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. Tali Sharot's original cognitive research demonstrates in surprising ways the biological basis for optimism. In this fascinating exploration, she takes an in-depth, clarifying look at how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails; how the brains of optimists and pessimists differ; why we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy; how anticipation and dread affect us; and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional, and emotional decisions.


With its cutting-edge science and its wide-ranging and accessible narrative, The Optimism Bias provides us with startling new insight into how the workings of the brain create our hopes and dreams.

ISBN:
9781780333946
9781780333946
Category:
Psychology
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
05-01-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Little, Brown Book Group
Tali Sharot

Tali Sharot has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University. She is currently the director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London.

Her research on optimism, memory and emotion has been featured in leading scholarly journals and media outlets, including Newsweek, the BBC, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Wall Street Journal, Time, New Scientist, Nature, Science, and many others.

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