POVERTY BURDENS THE BRAIN AND CUTS IQ

Poverty Burdens the Brain and Cuts IQ

Research on sugarcane farmers in rural India and low and middle-income shoppers at a US mall suggests that financial concerns tax the brain, leading to a drop in cognitive function. Worrying about money costs people up to 13 IQ points—an effect comparable to missing an entire night’s sleep—and makes them more prone to errors, which in turn can exacerbate their financial problems and make it even harder to escape from povertyMore… Discuss

 

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