The Optimism Bias: A cognitive neuroscience perspective
Claude J. Bajada
Claude J. Bajada (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Optimism bias, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neural basis
Issue: Xjenza Online Vol. 2 Iss. 1 - March 2014
The optimism bias is a well-established psychological phenomenon. Its study has implications that are far reaching in elds as diverse as mental health and economic theory. With the emerging eld of cognitive neuroscience and the advent of advanced neu- roimaging techniques, it has been possible to investigate the neural basis of the optimism bias and to understand in which neurological conditions this natural bias fails. This review rst denes the optimism bias, discusses its implications and reviews the literature that investigates its neural basis. Finally some potential pitfalls in experimental design are discussed.