A Tour Of The Irrationally Positive Brain
On Sale: June 12, 2012
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From one of the most innovative neuroscientists at work
today, an investigation into 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 maintain an often irrationally positive outlook on
life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence.
Tali Sharotâ€™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
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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