Survey gauges Australian optimism amid pandemic

A recent survey finds Australians feeling optimistic about their own finances, but less so about the country's overall.

Sam Burt-Melbourne • futurity
June 25, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 economics optimism australia society-and-culture health-and-medicine

To cut your dementia risk, grow old with an optimist?

An optimistic partner may stave off the risk factors leading to Alzheimer's disease, dementia, and cognitive decline as you grow old together.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
Feb. 11, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: cognition aging optimism personality relationships couples featured health-and-medicine love

Like humans, crows are more optimistic after making tools to solve a problem

A new paper, co-authored by Dakota McCoy, a graduate student working in the lab of George Putnam Professor of Biology David Haig, suggests that, after using tools, crows were more optimistic.

Peter Reuell • harvard
Aug. 22, 2019 ~7 min

Tags:  science-technology  birds  faculty-of-arts-and-sciences  fas  harvard  peter-reuell  reuell  dakota-mccoy  animal-emotion  animal-intelligence  crows  current-biology  mccoy  new-caledonian-crows  optimism  pessimism  smart

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