Why Men Take More Risks Than Women

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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.

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  1. Diane on December 13, 2021 at 12:45 PM

    Interesting. I do love the Max Planck Institute! It would be great to see results from additional study with a larger sample size.

  2. Amy Felton on December 13, 2021 at 2:58 PM

    Please include a link to the study. I’d love to see who designed the “prize”.

    • pwsadmin on December 13, 2021 at 3:41 PM

      Done. See Link embedded into article