The Art of Risk by Kayt Sukel

theartofriskThe Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance (National Geographic Books, November 2015)

In the tradition of Malcolm Gladwell, Daniel Pink, and Charles Duhigg, RISK blends riveting case studies and hard-hitting science to explore risk-taking and how it impacts decision-making in work, play, love, and life, aiding readers in understanding their own behavior and furthering personal success.

Are risk takers born or made? Why are some more willing to go out on a limb (so to speak) than others? How do we weight the value of opportunities large or small that may have the potential to change the course of our lives?

These are just a few of the questions that author Kayt Sukel tackles in RISK, applying the latest research in neuroscience and psychology to compelling real-world situations. Building on a portfolio of work that has appeared in such publications as Scientific American, Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and more, Sukel offers an in-depth look at risk-taking and its role in the many facets of life that will resonate with readers on a personal level. Smart, progressive, and truly enlightening, Sukel’s study of the interplay of human behavior and biology is made accessible by her deft hand and playful approach to science. From the adrenaline junkie to the precautious parent, RISK’S unique insights hold value for everyone interesting in maximizing personal and professional success.

Kayt Sukel earned a BS in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A passionate traveler and science writer, her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, the Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, the Bark, American Baby, and the AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom, and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation’s many science publications. She is also the author of This Is Your Brain on Sex: The Science Behind the Search for Love (The Free Press).