Episode 5

It's Innate Ep. 5: A positive take on the "positivity bias" (with Janet Boseovski)


2 September 2020

1 hr 29 mins 39 secs

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About this Episode

Candy and Deon open the episode by introducing the guest for this episode, Dr. Janet Boseovski, and then discuss life as first-generation academics. Spoiler. It's difficult, but there may be advantages!

In the second half of the episode, Candy and Deon discuss Janet's work on the "positivty bias" in children, including the mechanism (or mechanisms) that may yield such a bias. In particular, Candy, Janet, and Deon discuss what is meant by "positivity bias" as well as why and how it emerges.


Boseovski, J. J. (2010). Evidence for “rose‐colored glasses”: An examination of the positivity bias in young children’s personality judgments. Child Development Perspectives, 4(3), 212-218. Link to paper

The music used during intermission was created by David Pizarro of the Very Bad Wizards podcast. The particular sample used is called "Murgatroyd."