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Spending and Neuroscience

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Jun 16, 2015 9:00 pm
  • 13:04

Guest: Peter Whybrow, M.D., is director of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA and the author of "The Well-Tuned Brain: Neuroscience and the Life Well Lived."  We’re a nation of spenders – by the end of 2014 American households owed nearly 12-trillion dollars in debt. That’s from data the Federal Reserve Bank of New York collects. Why is it seemingly so easy for us to spend money we don’t have? Neuroscientist Peter Whybrow says it’s because the human brain isn’t built to handle the temptation of easy credit.