Dr. Tali Sharot is the director of the Affective Brain Lab. She is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London and on the faculty of the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. Sharot holds a BA in Economics and Psychology from Tel Aviv University and a PhD from New York University. Sharot’s research integrates neuroscience behavioral economics and psychology to study how emotion and motivation influences people’s beliefs and decisions. Prof. Sharot’s award winning books – The Optimism Bias (2011) and The Influential Mind (2017) – have been praised by outlets including the NYT, Times, Forbes and more. Her two TED talks have been viewed more than 15 million times total. 

Today on the show we discuss: How to motivate yourself to change a behavior that you don’t like, Is it really necessary to develop a “why” before trying to achieve a goal, How to start a new healthy habit even if you don’t enjoy it, Whether or not manifestation actually works, Why you must learn to develop optimism and how to actually use it to your advantage, Why resilience is beneficial for your overall health and much more. 


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