Brain chemical may deaden pain of lost money

February 21, 2012 2:58:23 PM PST
Brushing off financial hits may have to do with a brain chemical involved in your sensory and reward systems.

The report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry finds chemical messengers in the brain can make some people less sensitive to the pain of losing money.

This could eventually help in the development of drugs to treat problem gamblers.

Researchers say it also sheds some light on what may have been going on in the brains of Wall Street traders as the 2008 financial crisis took hold.