Expectations. I had something of a “wow” reaction as I read Tali Sharot’s book, The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain. Her research has led to conclusions that optimism is a survival mechanism, and at the neural level, our brain tends to frame the past as better than it was and position us to expect a better future. The regions of the brain that do these things are described in a way that’s accessible to all readers, and those who like to think about thinking and are interested in how the brain works, are those most likely to enjoy this book.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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