Optimism isn’t just a state of mind, it’s also a scientific phenomenon that ties into human evolution and survival. Professor Tali Sharot explains why humans have a tendency to look on the bright side, even when all evidence suggests we shouldn’t.
Neuroscientist Tali Sharot looks at the human brain’s tendency toward optimism. Psychologists have long been aware that most people maintain an often irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain looks at experiments, research, and findings in cognitive science that help explain the biological basis of optimism. Sharot examines how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails.