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Why do we gamble and take needless risks?

Lecture by Keith Kendrick, gresham Professor of Physic (and other biological sciences)

It could be said that risk taking, combined with a capacity for being motivated by failure, has allowed the human race to advance at such speed. These characteristics have made major contributions to the success of human artistic, scientific and commercial endeavours. But when we lose control of them they can also drive individuals into gaming pursuits that are obsessive and destructive. How does the brain assess risk and at what point does it become uncontrolled and impulsive with potentially catastrophic consequences?


Professor Keith Kendrick | talks | www


Date and Time:

2 March 2006 at 1:00 pm


1 hour



Gresham College
Barnard's Inn Hall
+44 20 78 31 05 75

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