Wearing a helmet makes cyclists take more risks, study indicates

As yet unpublished psychological experiment indicates that helmet wearers may have a higher overall level of danger

How can a helmet make cycling more dangerous? It seems obvious that a well-designed, foam-lined hard hat will soften the blow of some impacts. But hang on – a clever psychological experiment reveals you may actually be increasing your overall level of danger.

Psychologists at the University of Bath have now shown that people take more risks when they wear a helmet. Studies of injury data suggested this before but, for the first time, it's been demonstrated in the lab.

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