The Optimism Bias


    Hour 2

    Do you maintain the glass is half-full even though the reality is the liquid is clearly close to the bottom? You’re in the majority of people who have an irrational outlook on life. Our guest neuroscientist TALI SHAROT has done a lot of research and experiments to understand what is behind our bias towards optimism. Do the brains of optimists and pessimists look different? Sharot put her work into a new book, “The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain.”

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