In spite of life’s setbacks, most people remain hopeful. This is due in part to the “optimism bias,” a cognitive trait 80% of the population shares. In a TED Talk that informs as it entertains, neuroscientist Tali Sharot explores this trait and whether it’s self-delusional or self-fulfilling – or both. She concludes that awareness of the bias won’t dampen your optimism, so getAbstract recommends her lecture to positive thinkers and realists alike.
In this summary, you will learn
- How the “optimism bias” influences people’s thinking and behavior,
- Why it is a healthy cognitive trait, and
- How researchers discovered the location of the bias in the brain.
About the Speaker
Tali Sharot wrote The Optimism Bias. She is a neuroscientist and a professor at University College London.
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