The Optimism Bias

The Optimism Bias

A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

eBook - 2011
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From a leading neuroscience researcher, an exploration of the neural basis of optimism, and how the brain simulates the future. How does the brain generate hope? How does it trick us into moving forward? What happens when it fails? How do the brains of optimists differ from those of pessimists? Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to entertain an irrationally positive outlook on their lives. Optimism may be so crucial to our existence that it is hard-wired into our brains. With the emergence of MRI brain imaging, we are beginning to understand the neural mechanisms and to understand the biological basis of optimism, and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional and emotional decisions.

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Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, 2011
ISBN: 9780307366955
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Oct 31, 2011

This is a more academic presentation of this subject than expected and therefore, not as practical or readable as hoped.
I wanted to learn about the human optimism that causes us to believe politicians, compulsive liars, and product claims. Though I labored through the entire book in hopes I'd discover it, I was left to scour the text for limited practical insights. Hopefully a following text or related article will elaborate on these issues.

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