Financial struggles can be difficult to deal with and make it hard to concentrate on much else.
Harvard researchers recently studied the results of those financial struggles on patients’ brains.
Experts found that it can translate into about a 10 point drop in IQ.
However, this doesn’t mean the poor are less intelligent than anyone else.
It’s that constant worry about how to pay for dinner, rent and gas that can overload the brain’s capacity.
Doctors say the research may cause changes in policy.
For example, people living in poverty may benefit when forms they need to fill out are simpler and timed around paydays.