Poverty Impedes Cognitive Function

The poor often behave in less capable ways, which can further perpetuate poverty. We hypothesize that poverty directly impedes cognitive function and present two studies that test this hypothesis. First, we experimentally induced thoughts about finances and found that this reduces cognitive performance among poor but not in well-off participants. Second, we examined the cognitive […]

The Scarcity Mindset: What happens when you have too little

When you’re experiencing scarcity, your mind focuses on whatever it lacks,” he says. If you’re lonely and want to make someone interested in you, the last thing you should think about is, “I want this person to like me.” But lonely people can’t help but focus on that, and it makes them uninteresting to talk […]

Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest

by Robert John Stevens, October 30, 2014 Contrast that research against yesterday’s article in Deseret News, ‘The time is right’ for a digital conversion, educators say. Certainly Utah isn’t in business to help lower IQs. Wrote Dr. Barry Lunt at BYU, “This research is becoming more well known, but getting students to believe it is […]