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Lecture4 - Happiness and thinking about the future What...

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Happiness and thinking about the future What does thinking about the future have to do with happiness? Brains as anticipation machines Time discounting across species Thinking about the future: Human capacity for mental simulation.
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Happiness and thinking about the future What does thinking about the future have to do with happiness? Brains as anticipation machines Time discounting across species Thinking about the future: Human capacity for mental simulation.
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To the extent one is pursuing happiness, one has to think about possible futures , and estimate how s/he would feel in different possible futures.
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Ellis Island 1907 -- FOB.
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To the extent one is pursuing happiness, one has to think about possible futures , and estimate how s/he would feel in different possible futures. One theme of the Gilbert book is that this is an extraordinary capacity, and is key to our species success A second theme of the Gilbert book is that the capacity is at the same time quite flawed, and particularly inept when it comes to pursuing happiness.
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There is little doubt that, in minds of much There is little doubt that, in minds of much intelligence and foresight, the greatest force intelligence and foresight, the greatest force of feeling and motive is what arises from the of feeling and motive is what arises from the anticipation of the future. anticipation of the future. -Jevons 1871 -Jevons 1871
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Thinking about the future can itself mediate happiness Majority of daydreams positive But negative fantasy can be debilitating [We will return to this later in the lecture]
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Happiness and thinking about the future What does thinking about the future have to do with happiness? Brains as anticipation machines Time discounting across species Thinking about the future: Human capacity for mental simulation.
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Priming and facilitation can reveal anticipation. Surprise can reveal anticipation. Associative learning can reveal anticipation
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This note was uploaded on 09/07/2008 for the course BUAD 304 taught by Professor Cummings during the Spring '07 term at USC.

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