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Science

It’s getting worse! The science of negativity bias

The world’s going to hell, right? A full 71% of Britons say the world is getting worse. Actually, things may not be so bad – but research suggests we’re inclined to feel that way. We sit down with assistant professor of behavioural science Ed O’Brien to discuss the effects of negativity bias.

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“People think the world is getting worse,” says futurist Ray Kurzweil. That’s the perception.“ It’s true; a study from 2015 showed that 71% of Britons felt the world was getting worse. And in 2017, political uncertainty following two of the most prominent political events in recent history has left it is easy for many to shake their heads, despairing for the state of the world. But in reality, the world actually isn’t getting worse – in lots of ways, it’s getting better. The proportion of the world's population living in poverty dropped from ...

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