January 3, 2013

Fukushima Kids Are Getting Fatter... from Fear

David Ropeik, Big Think


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I write here about the Risk Perception Gap, when we worry too much about smaller risks and not enough about bigger ones. More than just an interesting example of how human cognition isn’t nearly as ‘rational’ as we’d like to believe, the Risk Perception Gap is a serious risk in and of itself. Worrying too much, or not enough, can be bad for you. Here’s some recent evidence, from Fukushima.

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TAGGED: Psychology, Weight Gain, Fear, Fukushima

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