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The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

By: Tali Sharot

Pantheon Books

Hardback | Jun 2011 | #191936 | ISBN-13: 9780307378484
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NHBS Price: £20.99 $26/€24 approx

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Psychologists have long been aware that most people maintain an often irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. Tali Sharot's experiments, research, and findings in cognitive science have contributed to an 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; why we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy; how emotions strengthen our ability to recollect; how anticipation and dread affect us; and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional, and emotional decisions.

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