Highly anxious people better at taking risky decisions

A recent study suggests that highly anxious individuals apply more cognitive control when in risky situation, demanding quick decision-making, as compared to less anxious individuals. The research behind the outcomes came from 20 high and 20 low anxious participants. The participants were made to play a risk game while investigators recorded their brain responses via electroencephalogram. The research found higher frontal midline theta power in highly anxious individuals during their time of decision-making. This indicates more cognitive control. Higher frontal midline theta power results in predicted less risky choices. The researchers claim that the study provides a direct link between anxiety, frontal midline theta power, and risky decisions. It is exciting because it means that frontal midline theta power directly affects behavior.