Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

The evolutionary origins of optimism

Thu, 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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