Gifted Education, Hope, Male Incompetence, and Contextual Evolution
The Psychology Podcast recap for May 2019.
Beautiful Minds, Scientific American
The Science of Looking on the Bright Side
How neuroscientist Tali Sharot accidentally stumbled on what’s known as “the optimism bias” — our hard-wired belief that our future will be better than our past or present.
To the Best of Our Knowledge
Think Positive, Climb Out of Poverty? It Just Might Work
There is expanding evidence that anti-poverty programs can have amplified benefits if they can help people adopt a more optimistic outlook.
The New York Times
What Makes Positive Content Go Viral?
New research investigates why we share inspiring videos, articles, and social media posts.
Greater Good Magazine
Want the Benefits of Faith Without Believing in God? Try Hope.
You have to be a little envious of those who have faith — they have a motivational force behind them that is near impossible to beat. What if there was a secular equivalent, wonders philosophy professor Sam Newlands.
Being Optimistic Is Good. Knowing about Optimism Bias Is Better.
People constantly underestimate the likelihood of something bad happening to them and overestimate the chances of positive events.
How to Find Meaning in the Face of Death
The time between diagnosis and death presents an opportunity for “extraordinary growth.”
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