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Public Lecture at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

Elaine will be presenting ‘From pessimist to optimist – can we really change?’ at a public lecture on Thursday 5th December 2013 at Macquarie University.

Glass half full or half empty? It often seems as if the way we deal with the world – optimism or pessimism – is hardwired into our nature. But is it? New research summarized by Professor Elaine Fox in Rainy Brain Sunny Brain shows that our personality may be far more malleable and open to change than we ever thought possible.

In an entertaining talk that takes us from genes, to the brain, to the life experiences contributing to the tendencies of someone becoming an optimist or pessimist, Elaine shows how we can brighten our lives and help ourselves flourish by retraining our brains.

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