Poverty Affects the Brain

by Rachel Baker on August 30, 2013

There’s a new study out at sciencemag.org discussing the effects of poverty on the brain and mental power.

We are linking to an article at theatlanticcities.com about the study, and providing a link to the page on Sciencemag for those that can access it.

This understanding of the brain’s bandwidth could fundamentally change the way we think about poverty. Researchers publishing some groundbreaking findings today in the journal Science have concluded that poverty imposes such a massive cognitive load on the poor that they have little bandwidth left over to do many of the things that might lift them out of poverty – like go to night school, or search for a new job, or even remember to pay bills on time.


For the study: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/341/6149/969.summary
Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
Anandi Mani, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir,
and Jiaying Zhao
Science 30 August 2013: 976-980.

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