Experts explain how your brain tricks you into taking risks during the pandemic

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Media Type: Article - Recent

Date of Publication: November 2

Year of Publication: 2020

Publisher: AlterNet Media Inc.

Author(s): Marshall Allen

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It was mid-February and Maria Konnikova — a psychologist, writer and champion poker player — was on a multicity trip. From her hotel room in New Orleans, she called her sister, a doctor, to discuss the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. Konnikova saw there were early cases in Los Angeles, where she was headed for a poker tournament.

The odds of Konnikova getting infected or spreading the virus by participating in a large indoor event were unknown. But as a poker player she had a lot of experience thinking through the probable risks associated with different decisions. So she played it conservatively. She cut short her trip and went home to quarantine in New York.

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