The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance

The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance

by Kayt Sukel


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Are risk-takers born or made? Why are some more willing to go out on a limb (so to speak) than others? How do we weigh the value of opportunities large or small that may have the potential to change the course of our lives?
These are just a few of the questions that author Kayt Sukel tackles, applying the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to compelling real-world situations. Building on a portfolio of work that has appeared in such publications as Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and more, Sukel offers an in-depth look at risk-taking and its role in the many facets of life that resonates on a personal level. Smart, progressive, and truly enlightening, The Art of Risk blends riveting case studies and hard-hitting science to explore risk-taking and how it impacts decision-making in work, play, love, and life, providing insight in understanding individual behavior and furthering personal success.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426214721
Publisher: National Geographic
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kayt Sukel earned a BS in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A passionate traveler and science writer, her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, The Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, the Bark, American Baby, and the AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom (, and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation's many science publications ( Much of her work can be found on her website,, including stories about out-of-body experiences, computer models of schizophrenia, and exotic travel with young children. She lives outside Houston and frequently overshares on Twitter as @kaytsukel.

Table of Contents

Part I Risk, Now and Then 9

1 Confessions of a Reformed Risk-Taker 11

2 What Is Risk Anyway? 21

Part II Natural-Bora Risk-Takers 39

3 Risk and the Brain 43

4 Risk and Genes 71

5 Risk and Gender 87

6 Risk and Age 105

Part III Making the Most of Risk 127

7 Risk and Preparation 131

8 Risk and Connection 153

9 Risk and Emotion 173

10 Risk and Stress 199

11 Risk and Recovery 221

Part IV Risk, Now and Future 249

12 Building the Better Risk-Taker 251

Acknowledgments 269

Index 272

About the Author 283

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