Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function

  title={Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function},
  author={A. Mani and S. Mullainathan and E. Shafir and Jiaying Zhao},
  pages={976 - 980}
Burden of Poverty Lacking money or time can lead one to make poorer decisions, possibly because poverty imposes a cognitive load that saps attention and reduces effort. Mani et al. (p. 976; see the Perspective by Vohs) gathered evidence from shoppers in a New Jersey mall and from farmers in Tamil Nadu, India. They found that considering a projected financial decision, such as how to pay for a car repair, affects people's performance on unrelated spatial and reasoning tasks. Lower-income… Expand

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