Researcher finds that poverty’s ‘cognitive cost’ translates to as many as ten IQ points


A recent article on the website summarizes new work by Harvard researchers investigating the effects of poverty on intelligence quotient measurements.

According to the article:

The accumulation of those money woes and day-to-day worries leaves many low-income individuals not only struggling financially, but cognitively … . In a study published August 29 in Science, he showed that the “cognitive deficit” caused by poverty translates into as many as 10 IQ points.

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About jwmartinez

JoLynne is a journalist and educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Park University and is certified to teach high school journalism and English. Former employment includes work for Cable News Network and the University of Missouri-Kansas City in addition to freelancing for clients such as the Kansas City Star and The Pitch.
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