Pioneering psychologist and neuroscientist Professor Elaine Fox explores why some of us are optimists and some pessimists and what we can do about it. Fox says there are sunny personalities and rainy personalities and that this is hardwired into the brain. However, new research indicates there are a range of techniques that can alter our brain’s circuitry and allow lifelong pessimists to think positively and find happiness and success in their life and work.
Fox is honorary affiliate of the Calleva Centre for Evolution and Human Sciences, Magdalen College, Oxford, and director of the Affective Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Psychology at the University of Essex.
This event is part of the festival’s leadership strand.