Cognition

Ivana Zelenika

Variety of studies point to a correlation between poverty and impact on cognition, which can further deepen poverty. For example, a preoccupation with financial decisions can leave fewer cognitive resources available for other tasks, such as memory and attention. This causal relationship has been demonstrated by the scarcity experiments in the Mani et al. (2013) paper, where dealing with financial scenarios about unexpected costs and bills had different cognitive impacts on the poor and the wealthy.