Your Aging Brain and Scams


brainIt turns out that as we age, some brain changes seem to make it more difficult to assess untrustworthiness.

It turns out that older people have less activity in a part of the brain called the anterior insula.

A study on brains and scams indicates that:

One of the functions of this area of the brain is that it helps interpret sensations in the body that form “gut feelings,” according to lead author Elizabeth Castle.

 [This part of our brain is sort of behind the green section in the image]

This may account for older persons being more prone to believing scam artists.

Email scams, telephone ploys and door-to-door scam artists are taking advantage of older citizens and taking off with large amounts of money.

The scammers seem to know this and older people are being targeted more and more..

So if you are getting older, or know people who are older – PLEASE tell them to say NO or “let me think about it” when asked for money, car rides, or approached by strangers to do “house repairs.”


Thoughts? Comments? Thank you. 

Native of NYC who moved a lot, got several degrees, and has been a lifelong writer and reader... I am interested in many things - and I write [and teach] about them - especially the human lifespan and healthy aging

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