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Optimistic people wired differently

October 11, 2011

Optimistic people's sunny outlook may be due to 'faulty' brain functioning, according to the results of a new study published this week in Nature Neuroscience. The study shows that optimistic people tend to learn only from information that reinforces their sunny outlook. While it may be helpful in trying times, the trait is essentially due to 'faulty' functioning in the frontal lobes of their brains.

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