Ben Thomas, a journalist and independent researcher, studies consciousness and the brain. In an article about brains and risk, he wrote:
“See, deep within your brain lies a structure known as the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), which is strongly implicated in weighing fact and emotion, and in viewing your desires through a lens of potential risks. A malfunctioning ACC may play a major part in disorders like schizophrenia, which can involve poor impulse control, whereas an overly active ACC may contribute to excessively harsh self-criticism.
The ACC’s judgments don’t stand alone, though; they can be influenced by a region known as the nucleus accumbens (NAcc), which “lights up” with activity when you anticipate a positive outcome.”
One of the activities that can skew perception of risks and rewards is falling in love.
Rolling dice and flashing lights: How your brain gets addicted to risk, on HuffingtonPost.com.
Story suggested by LoveFraud reader.