Optimism: its nature, causes, and effects
Senate House, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HU
- Hope and Optimism funding initiative
- Mind Association
- British Society for the Philosophy of Science
Day 1, 25th February 2016
What is Unrealistic Optimism and what Causes it?
10:30 -11:30 Tali Sharot (University College London) – How the Human Brain forms Optimistic Beliefs
11:30 -12:00 break
12:00 -13:00 Bojana Kuzmanovic (Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Cologne) – The Subjective Value of Optimistically Biased Belief Updating
13:00 -14:00 lunch
14:00 -15:00 Anneli Jefferson (University of Birmingham) – Is the Optimism Bias an Adaptation?
15:00 -15:30 break
15:30 -16:30 Constantine Sedikides (University of Southampton) – The Unbearable Lightness of Being Wonderful
Day 2, 26th February 2016 Effects of Unrealistic Optimism
09:30 - 10:30 James Shepperd (University of Florida) – Consequences of Unrealistic Optimism
10:30 - 11:00 break
11:00 - 12:00 Miriam McCormick (University of Richmond) – Rational Hope
12:00 - 13:00 lunch
13:00 - 14:00 Fernando Blanco (University of Deusto) – Sadder but Safer: Optimistic Causal Illusions can Affect our Health
14:00 - 14:30 break
14:30 - 15:30 Lisa Bortolotti (University of Birmingham) – Optimism Bias and Engaged Agency
February 1, 2016, 5:00pm BST
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