Thursday, September 26, 2013

Being Poor Lowers Your IQ - Study suggests a 13-point drop for those in poverty

Poor concentration: Poverty reduces brainpower needed for navigating other areas of lifeor those in poverty:

"Research based at Princeton University found that poverty and all its related concerns require so much mental energy that the poor have less remaining brainpower to devote to other areas of life. Experiments showed that the impact of financial concerns on the cognitive function of low-income individuals was similar to a 13-point dip in IQ, or the loss of an entire night's sleep. To gauge the influence of poverty in natural contexts, the researchers tested 464 sugarcane farmers in India who rely on the annual harvest for at least 60 percent of their income. Each farmer performed better on common fluid-intelligence and cognition tests post-harvest compared to pre-harvest."

  • How do you feel about this study?   
  • What does this suggest are the possible implications of poverty, both short term and long term?
  • What can be done to address this issue?