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A Brain-Based Explanation For Why Old People Get Scammed 209

Posted by timothy
from the this-story-won't-fool-my-dad-of-course dept.
sciencehabit writes "Despite long experience with the ways of the world, older people are especially vulnerable to fraud. According to the Federal Trade Commission, up to 80% of scam victims are over 65. One explanation may lie in a brain region that serves as a built-in crook detector. Called the anterior insula, this structure — which fires up in response to the face of an unsavory character — is less active in older people, possibly making them less cagey than younger folks, a new study finds."
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A Brain-Based Explanation For Why Old People Get Scammed

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