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The Art of Risk

The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance

Kayt Sukel


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Praise For The Art of Risk: The New Science of Courage, Caution, and Chance

"A rallying call to all of us to take a chance – to become better risk-takers. And it is inspiring." —New Scientist

"[Sukel] delves into the economics and neuroscience of risk and interviews people who make dicey decisions everyday to learn what holds people back or encourages them to take chances." —Scientific American

"Cultural scientist Kayt Sukel breaks down why aggressive entrepreneurs are as thoughtful, if notmore thoughtful, than more conservative businesspeople, and how smart risktaking is both importantand necessary to succeed in career and in life."
 —, naming The Art of Risk “a book that will upgrade your life in 2016.”

"Kayt Sukel blends self-help and neuroscience to explain why we do what we do when faced with risk." —National Post

"Why take a chance? It turns out there are neurological and psychological reasons, as science writer Kayt Sukel sets forth in The Art of Risk.The approachable study includes interviews with 'professional risk-takers' including a brain surgeon, a gambler and a firefighter." —The Sacramento Bee
"Interesting for both the science and the personal stories, this thoughtful book will prompt a range of readers to reexamine their lives and motives."  

"The author is a blithe and personable guide to risk-taking, sharing her own experiences and getting research scientists to open up about their findings." 
Kirkus Reviews

“This book is a road map for understanding boldness. Read it and get ready for a bolder lifestyle.”
—Todd B. Kashdan, professor of psychology, George Mason University, and author of The Upside of Your Dark Side

"[The Art of Risk] uses new research and real-world situations to help readers reframe risky decisions and make the most of them." —Houston Press

"[A] helpful guide to how people can use risk-taking to their advantage...highly recommended." —Midwest Book Review

“The book is carefully planned and well-constructed. Readers are in for an enlightening treat.”-San Francisco Book Review

“Kayt is a brilliant writer and her new book The Art of Risk is one of my favorite reads of 2016.”-Chistine Gilbert of


National Geographic, 9781426214721, 288pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2016

About the Author

Kayt Sukel earned a BS in cognitive psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and a MS in engineering psychology from the Georgia Institute of Technology. A passionate traveler and science writer, her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, The Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, the Bark, American Baby, and the AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom (, and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation's many science publications ( Much of her work can be found on her website,, including stories about out-of-body experiences, computer models of schizophrenia, and exotic travel with young children. She lives outside Houston and frequently overshares on Twitter as @kaytsukel.