Effects of Stress on Social and Non-Social Risk Taking

Frances chen

Nationality American

Year of selection 2012

Institution Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Country Germany

Risk Health

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

2 years

120000 €

Stressed out and taking risks

Are you a risk taker? That probably depends on both the situation and your biology. Dr. Frances Chen compares whether being alone or in a group when a stressful event occurs triggers different kinds of risk taking. She is also investigating whether oxytocin—a hormone relating to social interaction—influences people’s willingness to take social risks.
The knowledge gained from this rare pairing of complementary approaches may prove useful for medical professionals, managers faced with employee stress, or even people working with risk in their jobs.

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