Study examines why some people are more inclined to put themselves in harm's way to help others while others are less inclined to help, even when the risk is part of their profession.
Obstructive sleep apnea may impact your behavior when driving, a new study reports. People with sleep apnea who experienced eight additional disruptions in breathing per hour had a 27% increased risk of making dangerous driving moves, such as speeding, hard breaking , or accelerating suddenly.
The fewer slow brain waves that occur in the right prefrontal cortex during sleep, the more likely a person is to indulge in risk-taking behaviors.
Usually frowned upon, researchers say swearing can increase a person's self-confidence and boost their physical strength. However, the use of profanity can also increase risk-taking behaviors.
Cognitive shortcuts could explain why some people fail to adhere to recommendations to mask up and get vaccinated to protect against COVID infection.
Higher polygenetic risk scores for schizophrenia, depression, neuroticism, and alcohol use disorder are indicators for higher risk of nicotine dependence.
A mother's overwhelming desire to take risks in the face of danger to protect her child, and other nurturing behaviors, are driven by neurons in the cMPOA region of the hypothalamus which contains a protein called the calcitonin receptor.
Researchers conclude the mind of an extremist is marked by a mixture of conservative and dogmatic psychological signatures. Extremists tend to be cognitively cautious, slower at perceptual processing, and have weaker working memory. This is compounded by impulsive personality traits that seek sensation and risky experiences.
People whose computer mouse drifted toward a safer option on the screen, even when they ultimately decided to select a riskier option, may be more risk avoidant than their choices would indicate.