The Surprising Personality Traits of Extreme Adventurers

We were delighted that Discover Magazine wanted to feature an extract from Extreme. They suggested the section on personality and extreme environments from Chapter 12, and we think it makes a good standalone feature. Here’s the beginning. Click through to read the entire extract on Discover’s site (posted 4 December). When considering extreme environments it is easy to make Read more about The Surprising Personality Traits of Extreme Adventurers[…]

Research on emotions and anxieties in sky-diving

A study from 2010 in Personality and Individual Differences, neatly summarised by the BPS Research Digest, suggests that as sky-divers increase their experience, their pre-jump anxiety reduces and their positive emotions (“fun, happiness and pleasure”) increase. They also start looking for ways to enhance the experience (e.g., through more sophisticated or complex jumps). Experienced skydivers Read more about Research on emotions and anxieties in sky-diving[…]

Reward responsiveness and anxiety predict performance of Mount Everest climbers

Just published in Personality and Individual Differences, a new study that helps us to understand the performance of Mount Everest mountaineers. Here’s the abstract: The present prospective study examined whether individual differences in threat and incentive sensitivity (BIS–FFFS and BAS) and affective states predict performance in a sample of Mount Everest climbers. Climbers higher in Read more about Reward responsiveness and anxiety predict performance of Mount Everest climbers[…]

Juliana Buhring becomes first woman to cycle round the world… or is she?

The Telegraph reported Buhring’s feat on 22 December 2012: It has taken Juliana Buhring just 152 days to cycle round the world, becoming the first woman ever to do so. She tells Cole Moreton about the highs and lows of her 18,000 mile solo road trip. But the title ‘First Woman to Cycle Round the World’ Read more about Juliana Buhring becomes first woman to cycle round the world… or is she?[…]

Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump

And he’s off… Felix Baumgartner aims to break several world records later this year by freefalling from 23 miles above the earth. Today made a successful test jump from 13.5 miles high – itself a remarkable feat. Another jump from 90,000 feet is planned in a few weeks, and Baumgartner’s record attempt will take place Read more about Record-seeking skydiver makes 13-mile test jump[…]