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The optimistic brain

Faced with the metaphorical glass, most people see it as being half full. A new study shows that activity in two limbic areas, the rostral anterior cingulate cortex and amygdala, reflects an optimistic attitude.

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Figure 1: Sharot et al.5 found two regions involved in optimism: the rACC, a strip of cortex surrounding the corpus callosum, and the amygdala, an almond-shaped structure located in the inner part of the temporal lobe.


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Schacter, D., Addis, D. The optimistic brain. Nat Neurosci 10, 1345–1347 (2007).

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