Psychology Colloquium: “Social Risk Taking: Taking Chances to Build Connections”
Humans yearn for deep social relationships, but connecting with people is a risky business: a friendly attempt to reach out to a stranger may be rejected, or an intimate confession of feelings could fall flat. My work focuses on these social risk decisions, or decisions that can have either positive or negative social consequences. Do people approach these decisions similarly compared to other risky decisions, such as financial investments? And how do these social risk behaviors affect social networks and wellbeing?