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Paid-only Episode 6: Bicycle helmets
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Paid-only Episode 6: Bicycle helmets

Hello, is that the contrarianism department?
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Most people think it’s obvious that you should wear a helmet when cycling. It might save your life if you fall off and hit your head. Duh.

But over the years, many contrarian arguments have pushed back against this seemingly-obvious point. What if people engage in “risk compensation”, where they cycle more dangerously because they know they’re wearing a helmet? What about if encouraging helments puts people off cycling so they miss the health benefits?

In this paid-subscriber-only episode of The Studies Show, Tom and Stuart try to work out who’s right.

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The Studies Show Podcast
The Studies Show
A weekly podcast about the latest scientific controversies, with Tom Chivers and Stuart Ritchie