Poverty can sap brainpower, research shows

Friday, August 30, 2013 - 19:30 in Health & Medicine

Burdens of poverty can lower IQ scores, a study finds, undercutting assumptions that people become poor because they're lazy or lack intelligence.Whether you're a New Jersey mall rat or a farmer in India, being poor can sap your smarts. In fact, the mental energy required to make do with scarce resources taxes the brain so much that it can perpetuate the cycle of poverty, new research shows.

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