Older and wiser? An affective science perspective on age-related challenges in financial decision making

Weierich, Mariann R. et al. (2011). Older and wiser? An affective science perspective on age-related challenges in financial decision making. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2011 April; 6(2): 195–206. Published online 2010 June 29. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsq056.

Abstract: Financial planning decisionss are fundamentally affective in nature; they are decisions related to money, longevity and quality of life. Over the next several decades people will be increasingly responsible for managing their own assets and investments, and they will be subject to the affective influences on active, personal decision-making. Many of these crucial decisions are made and revised across the lifespan, including when to buy or sell a home, how to save for childrens’ education, how to manage healthcare costs, when to retire, how much to save for retirement and how to allocate retirement funds. As average life expectancy increases, many retirees will be faced with inadequate savings to live comfortably until the end of their lives. In the current article, we examine the problems of and potential solutions to inadequate financial planning through the lens of affective science, with an emphasis on how brain-based changes in affective processing with age might contribute to the challenge of financial planning.

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