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The optimism bias : a tour of the irrationally positive brain

Author: Tali Sharot
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Tali Sharot
ISBN: 9780307378484 0307378489
OCLC Number: 798831154
Description: xvii, 245 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
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.
Responsibility: Tali Sharot.
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