Dogs are seen as more likely to leap without looking – possibly a trait shared with their owners.
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A series of studies found that exposure to dogs leads people to make riskier financial decisions, while interactions with cats have the opposite effect.
So much uncertainty around risk can make it extra hard to decide what to do.
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People tend to dislike uncertainty and risk – two things that are hard to avoid completely during a pandemic. That’s part of why it can feel especially draining to make even small decisions these days.
We know young drivers will put themselves in risky situations, which is why strategies to minimise harm also need to be part of their education.
Female elephant seals take seven-month feeding trips during which they balance danger, starvation and exhaustion.
By measuring how and when elephant seals sleep, researchers were able to figure out how elephant seals change their risk-taking behavior as they gain weight.
A vase from ancient Greek civilization depicts Apollo consulting the oracle of Delphi.
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The pandemic has made many of us acutely aware of the daily risks we need to take. The ancient Greeks often did not leave risky choices up to individuals alone.
Masks are a crucial tool for stopping the pandemic – but don’t let them give you a false sense of security.
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Policies meant to improve public health – like mandatory face masks during the coronavirus pandemic – need to take into account how people might adjust other behaviors in response.
The last thing adolescents want is to be trapped at home alone, by order of their parents.
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Together the social and emotional ‘jobs’ of adolescence – developing intimate friendships and achieving autonomy – make teens uniquely resistant to calls for social distancing.
Sun, sea and social irresponsibility? Spring breakers in Florida.
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Many teens and college students are continuing to hook up and attend gatherings. Peer pressure and the way younger minds interpret risk could be to blame.
Protective measures and their safety assurances can change how people act around risk.
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Behavioral economists explain how widespread use of face masks, hand sanitizer and other preventive measures could counterintuitively encourage riskier behaviors around coronavirus.
Have real conversations with your kids about what they’re doing, and the potential consequences of their actions.
Taking risks helps children test new ideas and find personal capabilities and limits. Here are five lessons from early childhood educators to help parents encourage their kids to take risks, safely.
Falls are the main reason for childhood injuries, but kids usually recover.
Every expert we asked talked about the importance of letting children take risks and explore in nature. But they also advised parents to supervise and set limits.
What kind of curious are you? Scientists explore different types of curiosity and their home in the brain.
A large body of research has shown students who were relatively old among their peers are more likely become professional sports players.
The reason isn’t your astrological sign, but rather the role your birth date plays in deciding when you enter school. Children who are older than their peers in school tend to do better.
Men who take risks are more likely to eat in response to unpleasant emotions.
Do Wall Street’s high-rises fuel risky behavior?
Business scholars have found that our physical environment can influence us in a variety of surprising ways – including by prompting us to engage in riskier behavior depending on elevation.
People are bad at weighing risk, which is why so many Americans don’t get flu shots.
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People have to make countless decisions on a daily basis that involve some degree of risk, from boarding a plane to crossing the street. The trouble is most of us don’t weigh risk well.
Just because everyone else is doing it…
Adolescents have important developmental work to do. Despite what worried grownups think, taking needless risks isn’t the goal for teens. Being risky is part of exploring and learning about the world.
Behavioural economics is turning traditional notions of risk on their head.
People aren’t the perfectly rational, number-crunching risk-takers that traditional theory suggests. Research shows a whole variety of factors feed into risk-taking.
A new study shows that adding an energy drink to alcohol increases risk-taking among young people – but the effect is imagined rather than real.
Risky roulette or a safer option? Your brain gives you clues about how you behave with money.
Why are some people more comfortable than others with making risky financial decisions?