Are risk-takers born or made? I want to know how successful risk-takers are doing it
· What particular blend of biology and experience held within allows us to know what risks are worth taking
· What risks should be left alone
What is risk? Risk is often described in terms of either statistics or impending doom. But not even scientists fully agree on a working definition. There are fascinating neurological pathways that provide the “gas” and the “brakes” when we are faced with a risky decision. Some of us have the kind of biology that makes us put on the brakes more often, while others have genes that actually contribute to making poor decisions.
Joining us for our discussion on Your Risk Capacity is Kayt Sukel who is calling in from her office . Kayt Sukel earned a B.S. in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and an M.S. In Engineering Psychology from The Georgia Institute Of Technology. A passionate traveler and science writer, her work has appeared in Atlantic Monthly, New Scientist, USA Today, The Washington Post, Islands, Parenting, Bark, American Baby And AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom (www.travelsavvymom.com), and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation’s many science publications (www.dana.org). Much of her work can be found on her website, www.kaytsukel.com, including stories about out-of-body experiences, computer models of schizophrenia and exotic travel with young children. Her latest book is “The Art Of Risk: The New Science Of Courage, Caution, & Chance”