One of the most innovative neuroscientists at work today investigates the neural basis of our bias towards optimism.
Winner of the British Psychological Society Book Award for Popular Psychology
Psychologists have long been aware that most people tend to maintain an irrationally positive outlook on life. In fact, optimism may be crucial to our existence. Tali Sharot's original cognitive research demonstrates in surprising ways the biological basis for optimism. In this fascinating exploration, she takes an in-depth, clarifying look at how the brain generates hope and what happens when it fails; how the brains of optimists and pessimists differ; why we are terrible at predicting what will make us happy; how anticipation and dread affect us; and how our optimistic illusions affect our financial, professional, and emotional decisions.
With its cutting-edge science and its wide-ranging and accessible narrative, The Optimism Bias provides us with startling new insight into how the workings of the brain create our hopes and dreams.
Lucid, engaging and cutting-edge... a must-read for anyone interested in imagining the future.
An intelligent written look into why most people take an optimistic view on life...stimulating discussion...in easily understood language...fascinating trip into why we prefer to remain hopeful about our future and ourselves. - New York Journal of Books
Very enjoyable, highly original and packed with eye-opening insight, this is a beautifully written book that really brings psychology alive.
If you read her story, you'll get a much better grip on how we function in it. I'm optimistic about that. - TIME
Her fascinating book offers compelling evidence for the neural basis of optimism and what it all means. - Scientific American Book Club
Lively, conversational...A well-told, heartening report from neuroscience's front lines. - Kirkus
A book I'd suggest to anyone. - Forbes
Read it and cheer. It's important to your longevity. - Examiner
Tali Sharot is a neuroscientist. She is the author of The Optimism Bias, the director of the Affective Brain Lab at University College London and a Wellcome Trust Fellow. Tali's papers on the neuroscience of optimism, emotional memories and cognitive dissonance have been published in top scientific journals including Nature, Science, Nature Neuroscience and Psychological Science. She has also written for the New York Times, Observer and Time Magazine.