Does a helmet make you less risk adverse??? - - Excellence in Motion
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 2019, 1:29 pm Thread Starter
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Post Does a helmet make you less risk adverse???

Play a risk game and wear a helmet

During an experiment, the research team had 40 people play a card game on the computer, in which participants choose between a high-risk and a lower-risk gambling option in each trial. Half of the participants wore a bike helmet under the cover-story that the eye tracker mounted on it measures their eye movements. During the game, the Jena scientists used EEG to observe what was happening in participants' brains, which led them to an exciting discovery: The so-called "Frontal Midline Theta Power" -- the brain activity that characterises the weighing up of alternatives in the decision-making process -- was much less pronounced in the helmet wearers. "Therefore, we conclude that the helmet clearly has an impact on decision-making in the risk game. Obviously, participants associate a feeling of safety with wearing the bike helmet," explains Dr Barbara Schmidt, head of the study. Cognitive control, as psychologists call the neuronal mechanism of weighing things up, is less pronounced when wearing a helmet. "It is possible that this is a priming effect," said Schmidt. "This means that the significance we associate with a helmet automatically has a cognitive effect that is also measurable in the brain."
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old Aug 16th, 2019, 7:21 pm
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Interesting- not where I thought the article was headed.

Reminds me of an economics study of Automobile Safety Regulations- written in the late 70's or early 80's, as seat belts and other safety designs were becoming more commonplace. The basic question was whether the safety devices reduced accidents and fatalities. The findings suggested that although they made vehicles safer, drivers tended to drive more recklessly, due to a greater sense of security. Unintended consequences at their finest.....

Many studies have looked at the behavioral response to safety measures- not aware of any specific to motorcycling, though. Good data is rather hard to come by. Too bad. I'd love to look at it.

Anyway- thanks for sharing.
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