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UT Game Changers: Russell Poldrack, Risk Taking – The good, the bad, and the brain

Risk taking is essential to success, but it can also lead to disastrous consequences.

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In this Web edition of UT Game Changers on The Longhorn Network, Russell Poldrack, Professor of Psychology and Neurobiology and Director of the Imaging Research Center at UT Austin describes his research that has used brain imaging to understand the brain systems that are involved in risk taking, and why some individuals are more willing to take risks than others.  This research has shown how the brain weighs rewards and punishments, and why the teenage years are a particularly vulnerable period for risky behavior.

UT Game Changers brings The University of Texas at Austin’s intellectual talent beyond the classroom with a half-hour show to be broadcast on The Longhorn Network along with a Web-only version, above.