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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

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 46 2%
United Kingdom 18 <1%
Germany 9 <1%
Canada 8 <1%
China 5 <1%
Hungary 4 <1%
Netherlands 4 <1%
South Africa 4 <1%
New Zealand 4 <1%
Other 36 1%
Unknown 2313 94%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 604 25%
Student > Master 384 16%
Researcher 313 13%
Student > Bachelor 267 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 185 8%
Other 455 19%
Unknown 243 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 626 26%
Social Sciences 431 18%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 334 14%
Business, Management and Accounting 126 5%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 109 4%
Other 464 19%
Unknown 361 15%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 3014. 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 22 June 2021.
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#1,083
of 18,017,546 outputs
Outputs from Science
#73
of 71,670 outputs
Outputs of similar age
#6
of 170,741 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Science
#3
of 893 outputs
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