A little while back I was lucky enough to have one of my articles about the brain and extreme sports featured on Wildjuket, an inspiring travel blog with a focus on adventure off-the-beaten track. Follow this link to find it.
In the article, I explore the neuroscience behind why we seek adventure and what happens in the brain to fuel these adrenaline rushes. Some of us are especially prone to getting “hooked” on the rush, and the article takes a look at what individual differences lie behind this disparity.
Beyond the simple thrill of a surge in feel-good brain chemicals, many scientists are beginning to realise that the real appeal of extreme sports is the brain’s yearning to hit “fifth gear”, to get into the zone. If you’re interested, you can read the full article here.
The article ends off with some recommendations for adventure sport if you happen to be heading to the captivating mountain town of San Gil in Colombia. Paragliding, white-river rafting, caving… perhaps even a spot of Téjo, a truly bizarre and infamous Colombian pastime that involves tossing a metal puck at exploding targets.