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Pressures of poverty can sap mental capacity

A study suggests being preoccupied with money problems is equivalent to a loss of 13 IQ points or losing a night’s sleep and that the uncertainty takes up a lot of ‘mental bandwidth”

By Alok Jha  /  The Guardian, LONDON

Other kinds of help could include sending text reminders to take pills or deposit money for a specific savings goal they have, Mani said.

“When they have 20 things that are grabbing their attention, which seem very urgent, to remind them of something that’s important at the right time, that’s also an effective strategy,” she said.

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