Originally posted on BBC News online, August 30th 2013

Being poor can sap a person’s mental resources, research published in the journal Science suggests.

The work, by an international team, demonstrates how poverty takes its toll on cognitive function, leaving less mental capacity for other tasks.

The evidence comes from two studies carried out in India and the US.

Previous data had shown a link between poverty and bad decision-making, but the root causes of this correlation were unclear.

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You can find the paper, published in Science, here.

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