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Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han’s  Research on Grey Matter and Scams in Brain Imaging and Behavior Journal

Jul 2
2015

Grantee in the News: S. Duke Han’s Research on Grey Matter and Scams in Brain Imaging and Behavior Journal View MoreBACK

2012 Beeson Scholar, Dr. S. Duke Han is the lead author on a research article published in the June 2015 issue of Brain Imaging and Behavior. The article, “Grey matter correlates of susceptibility to scams in community-dwelling older adults,” suggests that an inverse correlation exist between the amount of grey matter concentrated in certain areas of the brain and older adult’s susceptibility to scams.

Dr. Han found that decreased levels of grey matter, an essential component of the central nervous system, resulted in older adults being more likely to fall for scams even when education, gender, and cognitive function were placed as controls.
An abstract of Dr. Han’s study can be viewed here.

S. Duke Han, PhD, is an associate professor of behavioral sciences at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center.

Susceptibility to scam is a significant issue effecting many older adults.  Decreased cognitive function makes older adults especially vulnerable to financial abuse and scams.  For more information about this topic check out our medical offer, Richard Besdine’s recent Huffington Post Blog “Elder Financial Exploitation: A Crime AND a Serious Health Risk.” 





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