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Concern for others leads to vicarious optimism

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An optimistic learning bias leads people to update their beliefs in response to better-than-expected “good news”, but neglect worse-than-expected “bad news”. Because evidence suggests this bias arises from self-concern, we hypothesized that a similar bias may affect beliefs about others’ future, to the extent that people care about others. Here, we demonstrate the phenomenon of vicarious optimism and show that it arises from concern for others. Participants predicted the likelihood of unpleas...

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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1177/0956797617737129

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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University of Oxford
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Experimental Psychology
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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Humanities Division
Department:
Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
Pembroke College
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University of Oxford
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HUMS
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Philosophy Faculty
Oxford college:
St Cross College
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
Medical Sciences Division
Department:
Experimental Psychology
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Author
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SAGE Publications Publisher's website
Journal:
Psychological Science Journal website
Volume:
29
Issue:
3
Pages:
379-389
Publication date:
2018-01-30
Acceptance date:
2017-09-08
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EISSN:
1467-9280
ISSN:
0956-7976
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pubs:726232
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uuid:b6081e0c-fe0f-43b6-9610-a32d26db0544
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2017-10-11

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