Frances CHEN

Nationality American
Year of selection2012
InstitutionAlbert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
CountryGermany
RiskLife risks

Type of support

Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Granted amount

120 000 €

Duration

2 years

Stressed out and taking risks

Are you a risk taker? That probably depends on both the situation and your biology. Dr. Frances Chen compares whether being alone or in a group when a stressful event occurs triggers different kinds of risk taking. She is also investigating whether oxytocin—a hormone relating to social interaction—influences people’s willingness to take social risks.
The knowledge gained from this rare pairing of complementary approaches may prove useful for medical professionals, managers faced with employee stress, or even people working with risk in their jobs.

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