Summer vacation time is upon us. If you
have been saving up for your dream vacation for years, you may want
to make sure your dream spot is still the best place to go. A new
study has found that when we fantasize about such trips before they
are possible, we tend to overlook the negatives – thus influencing
our decision-making down the line.
"We were interested in the effects of
positive fantasies – what happens when people imagine an idealized,
best-case-scenario version of the future, compared to when they
imagine a less idealized version,” says Heather Kappes of New York University, author of
the study published online this week in Personality and Social
Psychology Bulletin. Read the full press release.