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Measuring[ edit ] Optimism bias is typically measured through two determinants of risk: Generally in negative events, the mean risk of an individual appears lower than the risk estimate of others. The optimistic bias can only be defined at a group level, because at an individual level the positive assessment could be true.
Desired end states of comparative judgment[ edit ] Many explanations for the optimistic bias come from the goals that people want and outcomes they wish to see.
These explanations include self-enhancementself-presentation, and perceived control. Self-enhancement[ edit ] Self-enhancement suggests that optimistic predictions are satisfying and that it feels good to think that positive events will happen. This also suggests that people might lower their risks compared to others to make themselves look better than average: People are motivated to present themselves towards others in a good light, and some researchers suggest that the optimistic bias is a representative of self-presentational processes: However, this is not through conscious effort.
In a study where participants believed their driving skills would be either tested in either real-life or driving simulations, people who believed they were to be tested had less optimistic bias and were more modest about their skills than individuals who would not be tested.
Students also showed larger levels of the optimistic bias than non-students. Additionally, when individuals were asked to compare themselves towards friends, they chose more vulnerable friends based on the events they were looking at.
Singular target focus[ edit ] One of the difficulties of the optimistic bias is that people know more about themselves than they do about others. While individuals know how to think about themselves as a single person, they still think of others as a generalized group, which leads to biased estimates and inabilities to sufficiently understand their target or comparison group.
Likewise, when making judgments and comparisons about their risk compared to others, people generally ignore the average person, but primarily focus on their own feelings and experiences. When one brings the comparison target closer to the individual, risk estimates appear closer together than if the comparison target was someone more distant to the participant.
Their findings showed that not only did people work with the closer comparison first, but also had closer ratings to themselves than the "more different" group. This also is determined due to the information they have about the individuals closest to them, but not having the same information about other people.
It is part of brain network showing extensive correlation between rostral ACC and amygdala during imagining of future positive events and restricted correlation during imagining of future negative events.
Based on these data, it is suggested that the rostral ACC has a crucial part to play in creating positive images of the future and ultimately, in ensuring and maintaining the optimism bias.
This leads to differences in judgments and conclusions about self-risks compared to the risks of others, leading to larger gaps in the optimistic bias. Generally, the more a comparison target resembles a specific person, the more familiar it will be.
However, groups of people are considered to be more abstract concepts, which leads to less favorable judgments. With regards to the optimistic bias, when people compare themselves to an average person, whether someone of the same sex or age, the target continues to be viewed as less human and less personified, which will result in less favorable comparisons between the self and others.
Egotism "Egocentric thinking" refers to how individuals know more of their own personal information and risk that they can use to form judgments and make decisions. One difficulty, though, is that people have a large amount of knowledge about themselves, but no knowledge about others.
Therefore, when making decisions, people have to use other information available to them, such as population data, in order to learn more about their comparison group. In one study, researchers had one group of participants list all factors that influenced their chances of experiencing a variety of events, and then a second group read the list.
Those who read the list showed less optimistic bias in their own reports. This is explained in two different ways: People underestimate the control that others have in their lives.
However, it is likely that many other smokers are doing the same things and taking those same precautions. Research has found that people show less optimistic bias when experiencing a negative mood, and more optimistic bias when in a positive mood. Gold and his team since They frame questions for the same event in different ways: Other participants were given matched information about the conditions that prevent the same event and were asked to rate the comparative likelihood that they would avoid the event".
They have generally found that unrealistic optimism was greater for negative than positive valence. Consequences[ edit ] In health, the optimistic bias tends to prevent individuals from taking on preventative measures for good health.
For example, people who underestimate their comparative risk of heart disease know less about heart disease, and even after reading an article with more information, are still less concerned about risk of heart disease.
Risk perceptions are particularly important for individual behaviors, such as exercise, diet, and even sunscreen use. Especially with health risk perception, adolescence is associated with an increased frequency of risky health-related behaviors such as smoking, drugs, and unsafe sex.
While adolescents are aware of the risk, this awareness does not change behavior habits.Many African American girls at age 8 (50%) were found to begin developing breast buds and pubic hair considerably earlier than White girls (15%).
Chinese Girls (Lee, Chang, and Chan, ). Pubic hair began to develop in most girls about 2 years after the development of breast buds and only a few months before menarche. Health Care for African American Patients/Families The following cultural patterns may represent many African Americans, but do not represent all people in a community.
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