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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

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 50 3%
United Kingdom 20 1%
Germany 10 <1%
Canada 8 <1%
China 6 <1%
Hungary 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
South Africa 4 <1%
New Zealand 4 <1%
Other 40 2%
Unknown 1744 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 513 27%
Student > Master 295 16%
Researcher 251 13%
Student > Bachelor 199 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 153 8%
Other 482 25%
Unknown 1 <1%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 535 28%
Social Sciences 339 18%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 271 14%
Unspecified 182 10%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 108 6%
Other 458 24%
Unknown 1 <1%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 2411. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 June 2019.
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#441
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Outputs from Science
#37
of 61,122 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#6
of 156,877 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#2
of 891 outputs
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