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Thursday, 2 March 2006, 12:00AM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Why do we gamble and take needless risks?

Professor Keith Kendrick

It could be said that risk taking, combined with a capacity for being motivated by failure, has allowed the human race to advance at such speed. These characteristics have made major contributions to the success of human artistic, scientific and commercial endeavours. But when we lose control of them they can also drive individuals into gaming pursuits that are obsessive and destructive. How does the brain assess risk and at what point does it become uncontrolled and impulsive with potentially catastrophic consequences?

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Professor Keith Kendrick is Systems and Behavioural Neuroscientist and was Gresham Professor of Physic between 2002 and 2006.
He has been a member of the Home Office's animal procedures committee and has worked at the University of Cambridge undertaking research with regards to how neural networks are organised to control recognition and responses to social and emotional cues. He is a fellow of the Institute of Biology and a member of the British Neuroscience Association.

All of Professor Kendrick’s previous lectures may be accessed here.

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2 March 2006

Why do we gamble and take needless risks?
Professor Keith Kendrick

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