Sleep-deprived People Make Risky Decisions Based on Too Much Optimism
Sleepy Head: It’s probably not a good idea to splash large sums of cash when we are tired. Sleep deprivation changes the way our brain assesses economic value, making us more likely to take risks. In tests, people who were kept awake tended to make choices that emphasised monetary gain and were less likely to make choices that reduced loss. While this wasn’t true for all of the subjects, the findings are worth heeding, noted experts at Duke University in the US.
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