Friday, May 22, 2015

Scam victims & brain disease: there's a connection.

A study by the University of Iowa has found that there might be a physiological reason that the elderly are so often the victims of scams. The study points to the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) which is an area of the brain that controls belief and doubt. This part of the brain deteriorates as we age. According to the study, "vulnerability to misleading information, outright deception, and fraud in older adults is the specific result of a deficit in the doubt process that is mediated by the vmPFC."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/2015/02/21/weisman-jamaican-lottery-scams/23774549/

http://www.grad.uiowa.edu/news/2012-08-16/why-are-elderly-duped

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2012.00100/full#h4

http://www.oregonlive.com/finance/index.ssf/2012/09/how_our_aging_brains_leave_us.html

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