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Blind Optimism Leads to Bad Decisions

October 15, 2011

If you are always seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, be warned – it could be an oncoming train.

So says a study published in Nature Neuroscience, which concludes that a penchant for donning rose-tinted glasses may be a failure to store risk awareness in a key part of the brain.

“Unrealistic optimism is a pervasive human trait that influences domains ranging from personal relationships to politics and finance.”

See articles about this research on the websites of the NZHerald, the New York Daily and the BBC.

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