Should I Risk It?

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Should I Risk It?

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EXPLORE THE PSYCHOLOGY, NEUROSCIENCE AND MATHS OF RISK

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘no risk, no reward’ – but how do you effectively assess the risk factor in any given situation? And why are some people more likely to risk everything, while other consistently play it too safe? Mathematician and self-confessed risk-avoider Lily Serna sets out to find answers through an exploration of the maths of chance – and for her this means getting stuck into some nail-biting situations like power sliding a supercar and learning how to trapeze.

Investigating the latest work in psychology and brain science helps explain why some us are risk takers and some avoiders, and an interview with a woman who has climbed Everest twice provides insights into the surprising truth about what really goes on inside the mind of someone deciding whether or not to risk it.

A Catalyst story

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Catalyst | Series 20
Australian Broadcasting Corporation