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An Old Head May Not Be Wiser

Tue, 12/14/2010 - 7:34pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

The common perception is that older people are more conservative investors than their younger counterparts. But brain imaging studies combined with economic analysis are causing neuroscientists to question that idea. Recent research suggests that sometimes older people make riskier and less logical investment decisions than younger people, and that specific changes in the brain associated with aging may underlie those decisions.

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