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When the poor excel: Poverty facilitates procedural learning
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
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2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 57, no 4, 288-291 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Recent research has shown that poverty directly impeded cognitive functions because the poor could be easily distracted by monetary concerns. We argue that this effect may be limited to functions relying on working memory. For functions that rely on proceduralized processes however, monetary concerns elicited by reminding of financial demands would be conducive rather than harmful. Our results supported this hypothesis by showing that participants with lower income reached the learning criterion of the information-integration categorization task faster than their more affluent counterparts after reminding of financial demands.

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2016. Vol. 57, no 4, 288-291 p.
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Poverty, cognitive functions, procedural learning, information-integration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-133384DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12292ISI: 000379940000003PubMedID: 27153177OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-133384DiVA: diva2:963090
Available from: 2016-09-08 Created: 2016-09-06 Last updated: 2016-09-08Bibliographically approved

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