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Jacqueline Woolley, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

The evolutionary origins of optimism

Posted: June 14, 2012

Our inbuilt optimistic bias is associated with better health and well-being, as well as longevity. It also affects human mating strategies. The "error management theory" developed by Drs. David Buss (UT-Austin) and Martie Haselton (UCLA) explains why men seem to overestimate their appeal to women, and why this is important from an evolutionary perspective.

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