The Science of Looking on the Bright Side

Tali Sharot scanned the brains of her subjects and discovered that people learn less from unexpected negative news than positive news. There was less precise encoding of negative information in the brain’s frontal lobes. It turns out our brains are hungry for positive feedback. Sharot is a professor of cognitive, perceptual, and brain sciences at University College London. To the Best of Our Knowledge executive producer Steve Paulson asked about her groundbreaking research on the optimism bias.

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