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The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain


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A forefront neuroscientist investigates the bias toward optimism that exists in the human brain to determine the role of hope in survival, drawing on extensive research and findings in cognitive science to cover such topics as what happens when hope fails and the brain differences between optimists and pessimists. 75,000 first printing.

About the Author


Tali Sharot’s research on optimism, memory, and emotion has been the subject of features in Newsweek, The Boston Globe, Time, The Wall Street Journal, New Scientist, and The Washington Post, as well as on the BBC. She has a Ph.D. in psychology and neuroscience from New York University and is currently a research fellow at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

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 Barak 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.

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A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain
Random House Inc
Sharot, Tali
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