The brain looks at the bright side of things

Scientists find good news changes people’s predictions more than bad news

By Stephen Ornes, 14:50 PM October 26, 2011


From love and health to money matters, studies show that people tend to look on the bright side of many situations. Even when the reality is fairly grim, we think things will get better.

Scientists, of course, want to know why.

A new study finds that the human brain latches on to good news and disregards the bad. The scientists who conducted the study also identified parts of the brain that become active when a person receives good or bad news. The new research may show how thought proce...

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