Buzz! Inside the Minds of Thrill-Seekers, Daredevils, and Adrenaline Junkies

Cambridge Univ. Nov. 2019. 242p. ISBN 9781108738101. pap. $19.95. PSYCH
In this deft examination of high sensation–seeking personalities, Carter (Charles Howard Candler Professor of Psychology, Oxford Coll., Emory Univ.) explores the neuroscientific components of daring behavior, the everyday lives of the bold and adventurous, and the nature of extreme sports. One reason for engaging in risky and dangerous situations, says Carter, is that it forces people to find a way out, or through, a challenge, that being close to death make us feel even more alive.
VERDICT With fascinating research findings that plumb the mysteries of the human brain and the limits of willpower, this should be a solid addition to most general psychology and self-help collections.
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