A joint study conducted by HSE University and the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences discovered that the Theta Brain Frequency in the brain’s Anterior Cingulate Cortex, plays a major role in determining whether someone is more or less likely to take a risk.
It is well-known, in the neurological community, that higher Theta Frequencies were associated with an increased willingness to take risks.
The study authors examined 35 people: 15 women and 20 men. Each participant in the study had their brain’s magnetic fields analyzed using a magnetoencephalography scan, while participating in a number of tests that included a hypothetical prize.
The researchers discovered from the Theta Brain Frequencies that the men in the study had a higher Theta Brain Frequency than women, while taking the tests. On average, the results showed that men were 8% more likely to take a risk than women.
It seems that men are neurologically hardwired to be take greater risks.