September 2, 2013
People preoccupied with making ends meet had a drop in brain function similar to a 13-point dip in IQ or the loss of a night’s sleep, researchers in Canada say.
The study, published in the journal Science, suggested a person’s thinking and reasoning ability could be diminished by the exhausting effort of tasks like scrounging to pay bills and surviving from day-to-day.
As a result, less “mental bandwidth” remains for education, training, time-management and other steps that could help break out of the cycles of poverty, the study said.
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