- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (June 12, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307473511
- ISBN-13: 978-0307473516
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 57 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain Reprint Edition
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—Terry Waghorn, Forbes
“If you read her story, you’ll get a better grip on how we function in it. I’m optimistic about that.”
—Richard Stengel, Time
“Once I started reading The Optimism Bias, I could not put it down.”
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“An intelligently written look into why most people take an optimistic view of life. . . . [A] fascinating trip into why we prefer to remain hopeful about our future and ourselves.”
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“With rare talent Sharot takes us on an unforgettable tour of the hopes, traps and tricks of our brains. . . . A must-read.”
—David Eagleman, author of Incognito
“A fascinating yet accessible exploration of how and why our brains construct a positive outlook on life.”
“Lively, conversational. . . . A well-told, heartening report from neuroscience’s front lines.”
“Most readers will turn to the last page not only buoyed by hope but also aware of the sources and benefits of that hope.”
“Fascinating and fun to read. . . . Provides lucid accounts of [Sharot’s] often ingenious experiments.”
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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 the director of the Affective Brain Lab and an Associate Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience in the department of Experimental Psychology at University College London. She lives in London.
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The main premise of the book is the phenomenon that most people believe that they are better than average, when, in reality, it is impossible for most people to be so. I have found that most students in my classes believe that they will live longer than the average lifespan, that they will live
Tali Sharot also contends that a moderate degree of irrational optimism has been evolutionarily selected for because it has survival benefits. She believes that optimists tend to overlook the negative possibilities, while pessimists have a more realistic outlook ... However, because the optimist does tend to look at the world through rose colored glasses, they do tend to actually "do" better.
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A strong and well-written nonfiction.