Research and real-world events reveal a puzzling, even ironic, phenomenon in which anxiety, which primarily inspires caution, sometimes precedes bouts of risk-taking. Based on our AGRI-funded prior research, I propose four multi-method, multidisciplinary EEG studies to examine i) a novel anxiety-regulation perspective in which irrational, exuberant risk-taking may sometimes reflect a psychological ‘escape’ from the discomfort of anxiety, and ii) a neurofeedback treatment that may reduce ironic risk-taking.
Timeframe: January 1, 2022 to December 31, 2024
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