Optimism Bias A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

ISBN-10: 0307378489

ISBN-13: 9780307378484

Edition: 2011

Authors: Tali Sharot

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One of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today investigates the bias toward optimism that exists on a neural level in our brains and plays a major part in determining how we live our lives. Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to maintain an often irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. Tali Sharot#x19;s experiments, research, and findings in cognitive science are at the center of an emerging technology that has lead to increased understanding of the biological basis of 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; how the expectation of pleasure is formed; how anticipation and dread affect us; and how our optimistic illusions influence 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 the workings of the brain.
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Book details

List price: $25.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 6/14/2011
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.75" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Prologue: A Glass Forever Half Full?
Which Way Is Up?: Illusions of the Human Brain
Are Animals Stuck in Time?: The Evolution of Prospection
Is Optimism a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?: How the Mind Transforms Predictions into Reality
What Do Barack Obama and Shirley Temple Have in Common?: When Private Optimism Meets Public Despair
Can You Predict What Will Make You Happy?: The Unexpected Ingredient for Well-being
Crocuses Popping Up Through the Snow?: When Things Go Wrong: Depression, Interpretation, and Genes
Why Is Friday Better Than Sunday?: The Value of Anticipation and the Cost of Dread
Why Do Things Seem Better After We Choose Them?: The Mind's Journey from Expectation to Choice and Back
Are Memories of 9/11 as Accurate as They Seem?: How Emotion Changes Our Past
"Why Is Being a Cancer Survivor Better Than Winning the Tour de France?: How the Brain Turns Lead into Gold
A Dark Side to Optimism?: From World War II to the Credit Crunch-Underestimating Risk Is Like Drinking Red Wine
Epilogue: A Beautiful Mademoiselle or a Sad Old Lady?: From Prediction to Perception to Action
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index
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