Kenneth Carter


How A Thrill-Seeking Personality Can Help Olympic Athletes

A psychology professor looks at the mind of risk-takers.

One of the main draws of the Winter Olympics is the opportunity to witness some of the most exciting and nail-biting athletic feats.

The daring events include the bobsled and downhill skiing. Then there’s the terrifying skeleton: Imagine barreling down a narrow chute of twisted ice-coated concrete at 125 miles per hour. Now imagine doing that headfirst, like a human battering ram.

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