Confronting the Negativity Bias

posted on: October 26th, 2010

Rick Hanson

Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 110,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

  • http://isaiahhankel.com/ Isaiah Hankel, Ph.D.

    Hi Rick, I really enjoyed this post. I’ve been doing some work on the negativity bias and I would like to reference some of the information you’ve presented about the negativity bias in an upcoming book. Could you tell me which of your books most thoroughly discusses this topics so I can both read it and reference. Specifically, I’m looking to references this information, “the amygdala uses two-thirds of its neurons searching for negativity”. I look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks again for the great post.

  • Tim Duerden

    Hi Rick
    Love Hardwiring Happiness. Such a useful book. Do you have a reference for the 12 second needed to help positive experience into long-term memory?
    Best wishes
    Tim

  • grossmano

    I just got this book in french withe the title the brain of happiness ;e cerveau du bonheur. I hope it can contribute to the happiness of Paris .

RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
RICK HANSON, Ph.D.
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books include Hardwiring Happiness (in 14 languages), Buddha’s Brain (in 25 languages), Just One Thing (in 14 languages), and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has several audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at Oxford, Stanford, and Harvard, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 100,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity.

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