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Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function

Overview of attention for article published in Science, August 2013
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Title
Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function
Published in
Science, August 2013
DOI 10.1126/science.1238041
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Authors

Anandi Mani, Sendhil Mullainathan, Eldar Shafir, Jiaying Zhao, Mani A, Mullainathan S, Shafir E, Zhao J, A. Mani, S. Mullainathan, E. Shafir, J. Zhao

Abstract

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. First, we experimentally induced thoughts about finances and found that this reduces cognitive performance among poor but not in well-off participants. Second, we examined the cognitive function of farmers over the planting cycle. We found that the same farmer shows diminished cognitive performance before harvest, when poor, as compared with after harvest, when rich. This cannot be explained by differences in time available, nutrition, or work effort. Nor can it be explained with stress: Although farmers do show more stress before harvest, that does not account for diminished cognitive performance. Instead, it appears that poverty itself reduces cognitive capacity. We suggest that this is because poverty-related concerns consume mental resources, leaving less for other tasks. These data provide a previously unexamined perspective and help explain a spectrum of behaviors among the poor. We discuss some implications for poverty policy.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 52 3%
United Kingdom 21 1%
Germany 10 <1%
Canada 8 <1%
China 7 <1%
Netherlands 5 <1%
South Africa 4 <1%
New Zealand 4 <1%
Hungary 4 <1%
Other 48 3%
Unknown 1356 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 448 29%
Student > Master 234 15%
Researcher 204 13%
Student > Bachelor 160 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 117 8%
Other 356 23%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 459 30%
Social Sciences 282 19%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 219 14%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 96 6%
Unspecified 85 6%
Other 378 25%

Attention Score in Context

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#334
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Outputs from Science
#24
of 45,112 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#6
of 136,999 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 799 outputs
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