Neuroeconomics: How financial worries affect our brain

Monday, December 29, 2008

Today people across the country are overwhelmed with the fear of loss: fear of losing one’s job, fear of losing one’s life savings, fear of losing all our money in a Bernie Madoff-style ponzi scheme. Can all of this anxiety be bad for our brains? Of course! Dr. Gregory Berns is the Director of the Center for Neuropolicy at Emory University and author of the book "Iconoclast: A Neuroscientist Reveals How to Think Differently." He joins John and Adaora for a talk on how fear can impair our brain functions.

"It's like decoding the genome, except it's actually much more difficult."
— Dr. Gregory Berns on neuroeconomics

Guests:

Dr. Gregory Berns

Contributors:

Chelsea Merz

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