The Optimism Bias: A Tour of the Irrationally Positive Brain

Tali Sharot

Why do humans remain so irrationally optimistic, in spite of experiences that should logically lead to a more realist approach? This book explores the research on the biological basis for optimism, and why staying positive may be a crucial survival mechanism. As NPR says of this book, “Even if you’re a dedicated cynic, you might be surprised to learn that your brain is wearing rose-colored glasses, whether you like it or not.”