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 Risk Homeostasis

A Theory about 

Risk Taking Behaviour

Welcome to the Risk Homeostasis  and Risk Compensation Resource Centre

Welcome to the

Risk Homeostasis Resource Centre

This site is dedicated to the understanding of risk taking behaviour, risk compensation and risk homeostasis..


People alter their behaviour in response to the implementation of health and safety measures, but the riskiness of the way they behave will not change, unless those measures are capable of motivating people to alter the amount of risk they are willing to incur.


Multiple researchers across the globe have participated in acquiring an understanding of this fascinating behavioural phenomenon.Your interest and participation in this on-going research will contribute greatly to finding ways in decrease risk-taking behaviour that results in injury and death.

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Opportunities Missed


There was a very cautious man

Who never laughed or played.

He never risked, he never tried,

He never sang or prayed.


And when he one day passed away

His insurance was denied.

For since he never really lived,

They claimed he never died!


Gerald J.S.Wilde Ph.D.

Professor Emeritus of Psychology,

Queen’s University,Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Gerry Wilde is happy to answer your questions on this most interesting subject. Please click here to send an email.

Listen to his latest interview on CBC radio about driver safety and the psychology of risk.

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