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Emotional Forecasting

Alone on the Summit: The Costs of Adventure

Wray Herbert | Posted 10.26.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Many of us hunger for special experiences, things none of our friends have done or will do. But do these adventures really make us happy in the long run? Are they worth having?

Wrapping a Present for the Future

Wray Herbert | Posted 08.10.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Maybe there is some risk in overzealously documenting our lives. There are certainly times to put that camera away and join in the fun. But these findings suggest that there may also be risk in failing to create mementos. The seemingly dull and quotidian details of our everyday lives may be the emotional treasures of the future.

The Psychology Of Happy Endings

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

Relatively pleasant endings can put a positive spin on even long, painful experiences, like the year 2011. And by this time next year, we'll likely have the same warm feelings about 2012.

Memories of the Future

Wray Herbert | Posted 03.06.2012 | Science
Wray Herbert

Cognitive scientists are very interested in people's "remembered futures." Which scenarios do we recall best? Are most people's future memories as rosy as mine? Or do we also spin out other, less optimistic simulations of the future, ones that we tend to forget over time?

Forecasting Our Emotions: Why Are We So Bad At It?

Wray Herbert | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Wray Herbert

We are notoriously bad at forecasting our emotions, for a variety of reasons. New science suggests that personality may play an unrecognized and key role in determining future happiness.