Being short of cash can lower IQ
Study shows how financial stress effects thinking
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WASHINGTON - Being short of cash could leave you a little short on IQ. That's the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Science.
Researchers gave IQ tests to shoppers in New Jersey and cash-strapped farmers in India. They found that people worrying about having enough money to pay their bills tend to lose the equivalent of 13 IQ points.
The scientists say financial stress monopolizes thinking, making other calculations slower and more difficult, sort of like the effects of going without sleep for a night.
You can read more about it on the Science website.
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