Monday, June 8, 2009

Risky Business

A recent article in womens adventure magazine examines whether women are more risk averse then men. Here's the "facts."

When men are confronted with challenging situations, they typically produce adrenaline, which is what causes them to run around, hollering like frat boys at a kegger. An adrenaline rush is a good feeling, but when confronted with the same situation, women produce a different chemical, called acetylcholine.

“Pretty much what [acetylcholine] does is it makes you want to vomit,” says Jody.

Research, Jody says, shows that women have more cross-networking between the two hemispheres of the brain, which subconsciously allows them to evaluate different sensory cues, facts, and emotions when making decisions. The cause of this difference probably lies somewhere in the debate of nature versus nurture and the history of evolution.

So either women are scaredy cats or there's good reason to be scared. My theory. There's a reason women live longer. Some risks are just stupid. But I'm also a sissy.

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