Table 2

Percent of participants who took the gamble for each risk aversion question

Potential Gamble Gain Amount if Flip Heads

Whole sample

Took gamble

n, %

High cognition (top quartile)

Took gamble

n, %

Low cognition (bottom quartile)

Took gamble

n, %


$21.79

94, 26%

13, 15%

32, 34%

$22.64

83, 23%

14, 15%

26, 28%

$23.74

104, 28%

18, 19%

33, 35%

$25.19

123, 33%

26, 28%

34, 37%

$27.20

131, 36%

27, 29%

36, 39%

$30.18

194, 53%

53, 57%

44, 47%

$34.98

183, 50%

45, 48%

41, 44%

$43.88

184, 50%

52, 56%

35, 38%

$64.96

197, 53%

60, 65%

38, 41%

$151.19

290, 79%

78, 84%

65, 70%


Boyle et al. BMC Geriatrics 2011 11:53   doi:10.1186/1471-2318-11-53

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