Risk Taking

Wearing a Helmet Tied to Riskier Decision Making

Individuals wearing a bicycle helmet as part of an experiment reported greater sensation seeking and engaged in more risk taking than those wearing a baseball cap, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The results suggest that wearing a helmet may have complex and even More

Wearing a bike helmet might make you more dangerous

The Guardian: Perhaps safety helmets should carry a health warning. Wearing them, it appears, encourages dangerous risk-taking. In an extraordinary study, Dr Tim Gamble and Dr Ian Walker, from the University of Bath’s department of psychology, have shown that wearing a helmet is likely to increase sensation-seeking and make people More


The Boston Globe: RESEARCH HAS SHOWN that the theoretical benefit of safety equipment can be much lower in reality because users feel more comfortable taking greater risks. In a new experiment, psychologists found that this effect may be even more deeply ingrained than we think. Read the whole story: The More