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How Poverty Burdens the Brain [ Infographic ]

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The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty. The theory is that poverty reduces cognitive capacity because poverty-related concerns consume mental resources, leaving less for other tasks....


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Alan Lambert (91)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 1:24 am
I know it's burdened mine...

John B (185)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:42 am
Thanks Frans for the link to the excellent info-graphic. Noted.

Jeanne Young (19)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 5:42 am
Ah- HA (not to be confused with haha) Please consider all my comments in the light of these info-graphics -" I've now been poor so long it looks like up to me" - - - No, that can't be quite right, can it?
I have no doubt about the accuracy of this site - - - but then, I have an income below poverty level - - -

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 7:13 am
I see the logic...but everyone is uniquely different and not all react to poverty with the same ineptitude.

tracey p (81)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 10:02 am
Fascinating and, to me, not surprising. Poverty saps your very being in countless ways.

Sheila D (194)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 10:37 am
This article seems to forget one of the biggest cognitive capacity losses is caused by lack of money for proper costs way too much. The only food the poor can afford is not nutritional. Where's the First Lady on this one? Obesity is caused by improper diet...many times the poor have to buy what's on sale - GMOs, sugar-laden foods, fruits and veggies covered in pesticides. Now these people will deal with more SNAP cuts. Wonder if Monsanto and Friends have lobbiests on this one...after all, GMO foods are cheaper.

paula eaton (30)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:12 am
Thanks. Hopelessness has to be the worst thing about poverty.

Lonsdale Moon (124)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 11:41 am
Being unemployed for the last three months has brought this home to me - it's the constant thinking that wears you down - when will I get another job? should I go back to study? can I afford to put petrol in the car? how long might this situation go on? I agree with GGmaSheila that diet also changes in line with income, or lack thereof, and there are many food items I no longer purchase as I cannot afford them, so the health of those with little income also declines - it's a vicious circle. As Tracey P noted, poverty saps your very being - even thinking about or seeing waste, seeing those with so much money having the time of their life and not having to worry about what to spend their disposable income on can make you kinda angry. I do not begrudge anyone anything, but when you have zero disposable income it does your head in. If you have children, I think the pressure is even greater as you cannot let them know how tough things are so that is something you internalise which is no good for your stress levels at all.

Joanne Dixon (37)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 1:00 pm
It's so BLOODY obvious that it's incredible to me that we have to have this conversation. Unless possibly wealth sucks EQ points the way poverty sucks IQ points? Lack of compassion makes people pretty stupid.

. (0)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 2:14 pm
It's a shame money was spent on this study, which reaches an obvious conclusion, instead of giving that amount of funds to a good charity to help the poor.

Angela J (61)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 2:31 pm
That makes perfect sense. Now, what can we do to help?

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:21 pm
I don't need a study to know that with all the worry poor people have to survive day by day, not knowing how to pay their bills. This money for the study should have been giving to the homeless people.

. (0)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 5:11 pm
Very interesting, Frans. Thanks for sharing.

Devon Griffiths (15)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 8:49 pm
This also means that evolution is still selecting for capabilities like intelligence among the poor, but not among the wealthy (since they can afford children automatically). I think we have very much been seeing this at work in recent years.

Past Member (0)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 2:21 am
Interesting , Noted

M B (62)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:36 am
If you're poor for some time, you look about 20 years older...

Nimue Michelle P (339)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 7:35 pm

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Wednesday March 12, 2014, 3:58 pm
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