Risk Taking

Texting While Walking Isn’t Funny Anymore

The Wall Street Journal: Manny Fiori’s job is to make sure your phone doesn’t kill you. He guards the entrance to a garage near my San Francisco office and stops cars from hitting pedestrians so engrossed in screens they don’t notice they’re stepping into traffic. “People are so oblivious nowadays,” More

Teens Take Fewer Risks Around Slightly Older Adults

Adolescents are known risk takers, especially when they’re surrounded by same-aged peers. But new research suggests that being in a group that includes just one slightly older adult might decrease teens’ propensity to engage in risky behavior. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for More

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