5.0 out of 5 stars
A fascinating tour of how the brain is wired for optimism, 20 Mar. 2012
Despite being bombarded with daily news of health scares, wars and worries over the environment, most of us expect to live long, healthy and successful lives. This makes for a fundamental mystery: what is the source of this optimism bias? And how does the brain create a rose-tinted view of the world? In a tour de force, Dr. Sharot's book draws on the latest neuroscience and psychology of emotion and decision-making to show how we are wired for optimism. Peppered with engaging examples, from how pilots deal with vertigo, to an explanation for the LA Lakers' winning streak, Sharot deftly weaves the science into an entertaining page-turner. It is rare to find a writer both at the cutting edge of her field (she conducted most of the studies herself) and with a flair for explaining how these findings affect our daily lives. Read this book!