Updated 6.24pmNZT October 14, 2011.
Mike Adams of Natural News hosted the Infowars.com radio show today, (US Thursday 10-13-2011), and spoke to co-founder of the Healthy Times Newspaper, Mike Bundrant, about the neuroscience of “unrealistic optimism.” Bundrant, a practicing Life Coach in Temecula, talks about a paper published recently at Nature Neuroscience,, which addresses the matter of a brain defect that disables people from being able to face reality.
Those in denial about geo-engineering and chemtrails in New Zealand, should listen. The good news is that you can take control, and get in touch with reality.
Interestingly, the part of the brain associated with the selective update failure, the right inferior prefrontal gyrus, is used more so in dyslexics than average readers. It would be interesting to know if dyslexics exhibited “unrealistic optimism,” more so than others.
-  How unrealistic optimism is maintained in the face of reality, Nature Neuroscience, published online 9th October, 2011.
- By Tali Sharot, Christoph W Korn & Raymond J Dolan
- Abstract: Unrealistic optimism is a pervasive human trait that influences domains ranging from personal relationships to politics and finance. How people maintain unrealistic optimism, despite frequently encountering information that challenges those biased beliefs, is unknown. We examined this question and found a marked asymmetry in belief updating. Participants updated their beliefs more in response to information that was better than expected than to information that was worse. This selectivity was mediated by a relative failure to code for errors that should reduce optimism. Distinct regions of the prefrontal cortex tracked estimation errors when those called for positive update, both in individuals who scored high and low on trait optimism. However, highly optimistic individuals exhibited reduced tracking of estimation errors that called for negative update in right inferior prefrontal gyrus. These findings
indicate that optimism is tied to a selective update failure and diminished neural coding of undesirable information regarding the future. For more, go here.
- The full paper is $32US: http://www.nature.com/neuro/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nn.2949.html