Posted by: crisdiaz24 | November 27, 2016

The Surpirisning Science of Happiness

 

THE SURPRISING SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS

Dan Gilbert

 

  1. In two million years our brain has become _____________________ times as big as Homo Habilis’.

 

  1. Our brain weighs approximately _____________________.

 

  1. Our brain is so big because it has got something Homo Habilis’ did not have: _____________________.

 

  1. This part of our brain works as a(n) _____________________ simulator.

 

  1. This part of our brain, together with _____________________, standing upright, and language is what make us be what we are.

 

  1. Dan Gilbert tells the audience about contemplating two futures: _____________________ and _____________________.

 

  1. The research he and his team have been doing  has revealed somthing called the “impact bias”, i.e., the tendency for the simulator to _____________________.

 

  1. What surprises Dan Gilbert very much is the fact that, with a few exceptions, major life traumas have little _____________________ on our happiness.

 

  1. The reason behind this is that human beings have a kind of psychological _____________________ system.

 

  1. This system consists of largely _____________________ cognitive processes that help us change our view of the world, so we can feel better about it.

 

KEY

 

  1. THREE
  2. THREE POUNDS
  3. THE FRONTAL LOBE / THE PRE-FRONTAL CORTEX
  4. EXPERIENCE
  5. OPPOSABLE THUMBS
  6. WINNING THE LOTTERY – BECOMING PARAPLEGIC
  7. wORK BADLY / MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT DIFFERENT OUTCOMES ARE MORE DIFFERENT THAN THEY ACTUALLY ARE.
  8. IMPACT
  9. IMMUNE
  10. NON-CONSCIOUS

 

VOCABULARY

 

pop quiz: examen sorpresa, prueba sorpresa.

Yuck: ¡puaj!

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