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The optimism bias : a tour of the irrationally positive brain  Cover Image Book Book

The optimism bias : a tour of the irrationally positive brain / Tali Sharot.

Sharot, Tali. (Author).

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  • ISBN: 9780307473516
  • ISBN: 0307473511
  • Physical Description: xvii, 245 p. : ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: 1st Vintage Book ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, c2012.

Content descriptions

General Note:
"Portions of this work were previously published in different form in TIME Magazine (May 2011)".
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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 Barack Obama and Shirley Temple have in common?: when private optimism meets public despair -- Can you predict what will make you happy?: The unexpected ingredients 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.
Subject: Neuropsychology.
Optimism > Physiological aspects.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.


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Kirtland Community College Library QP 360 .S537 2012 30543842 General Collection Available -

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