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Science Explains How Poverty Changes Your Brain?

Poverty-related concerns consume mental resources

Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function. The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty. We hypothesize that poverty directly impedes cognitive function and present two studies that test this hypothesis.”

Burden of Poverty
Lacking money or time can lead one to make poorer decisions, possibly because poverty imposes a cognitive load that saps attention and reduces effort.

These data provide a previously unexamined perspective and help explain a spectrum of behaviors among the poor.

A new study finds that children’s cognitive skills are linked to family income.

The brains of children from the lowest income bracket — less than US$25,000 — had up to 6% less surface area than did those of children from families making more than US$150,000, the researchers found.

Poverty shrinks brains from birth : Nature News & Comment

Worrying about money can put a strain on you in the short-term, but new research shows that living in poverty can affect you for life.

Negative physical impacts of low socioeconomic status, reinforcing the point that the harms of poverty extend beyond the direct consequences of material deprivation.

There is some evidence that poor people make more of these bad choices than the average person.

The mental relief provided by the cash cushion actually allowed for sharper decision-making and problem-solving.


In a series of experiments run by researchers at Princeton, Harvard, and the University of Warwick

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