A mind for optimism

Reality checks affect judgment more when prospects are rosier, study indicates

By Laura Sanders, 16:05 PM October 13, 2011

Brains are unabashedly optimistic, lapping up good news and virtually ignoring the bad, scientists report online October 9 in Nature Neuroscience. The findings could help explain why people overestimate their life span, underestimate their chances of getting a divorce, and scoff at the thought of bankruptcy.

The rosy results touch on a deep, systematic feature of human cognition that helps guide everyday behavior, says computational neuroscientist Read Montague of Virginia Tech in Blacksbur...

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