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Dec. 16, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Mental Health Impacts of Fraud in AARP Magazine

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Dec. 5, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Hybrid Internet Scams in Times of San Diego

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Sep. 13, 2022

Archa Dileep ’24 and Hannah Lak ’23 Research Scams, Fraud, and Catfishing

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Department of Psychology


December 16, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Mental Health Impacts of Fraud in AARP Magazine

“. . . when they just admitted that they had lost this money, they were able to start the healing,” Wood says.

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December 5, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Hybrid Internet Scams in Times of San Diego

Wood told the Times that she has witnessed similar multi-platform scams, which she calls “hybrids.”

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September 13, 2022

Archa Dileep ’24 and Hannah Lak ’23 Research Scams, Fraud, and Catfishing

Archa Dileep ’24 and Hannah Lak ’23 have been working in Professor Wood’s lab since fall 2021 as part of a collaborative, passionate group studying psychological issues around scams and fraud.

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June 21, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Cryptocurrency Scams in The Conversation

Wood and Hanoch point out that many cryptocurrency scams combine similar techniques as other types of fraud—such as romance scams and Ponzi schemes—with the anonymity and lack of oversight that the cryptocurrency market provides duplicitous users.

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April 13, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Home-Buying Scams in NextAdvisor

Stacey Wood, Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology and professor of psychology, discussed the prevalence of home-buying solicitation scams with NextAdvisor, a financial advice publication produced in partnership with TIME magazine.

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March 7, 2022

In the Media: Stacey Wood Explores the Cultural Fascination with Catfishing in Psychology Today

In Psychology Today, Stacey Wood, Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology and professor of psychology, in collaboration with research assistants Archa Dileep ’24 and Hannah Lak ’23, explores the cultural fascination with catfishing.

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January 31, 2022

Michael Spezio Co-Authors Nature Paper on Computational Neuroscience of Decision-Making

Michael Spezio, assistant professor of psychology, neuroscience, and data science, co-authored a paper, published in Nature, on the computational neuroscience of decision-making.

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December 31, 2021

In the Media: Michael Spezio Provides Tips for Improved Mental Focus in Shondaland

Michael Spezio, associate professor of psychology, neuroscience, and data science, provided tips for improved mental focus to Shondaland.

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December 15, 2021

In the Media: Stacey Wood Contributes to Study on Age and COVID-19 Scams, Published in Frontiers in Psychology

Frontiers in Psychology published new research on the negligible role a target’s age plays in falling victim to COVID-19 scams, a study to which Stacey Wood, Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology and professor of psychology, contributed.

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November 30, 2021

In the Media: Stacey Wood Discusses Pension Poaching Scams with Bloomberg

Stacey Wood, Molly Mason Jones Chair in Psychology and professor of psychology, discussed the recent uptick in pension poaching scams with Bloomberg. The scams target elderly US veterans and their families, manipulating victims into signing away a portion of their pensions to false care coordination businesses.

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