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New TED Book: The Science of Optimism

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

The world may be a tough and tenuous place, but we humans tend to think that the future will be better than the past. Why? In the new TED ebook, The Science of Optimism: Why We’re Hard-Wired for Hope, author Tali Sharot expands on her earlier research into the optimism bias, and explores the many reasons why we are […]


Thinking about the optimism bias: Tali Sharot at TED2012Thinking about the optimism bias: Tali Sharot at TED2012

Posted By Helen Walters

Photo: James Duncan Davidson Neuroscientist Tali Sharot comes on stage to discuss the “optimism bias.” It’s a topic that she’s been studying in her lab and she claims that 80% of us experience it. “It” being the tendency to overestimate the likelihood of good things happening to us. As she puts it: “we’re more optimistic […]