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When the poor excel : Poverty facilitates procedural learning

Dang, Junhua LU ; Xiao, Shanshan; Zhang, Ting; Liu, Ying; Jiang, Bin and Mao, Lihua (2016) In Scandinavian Journal of Psychology 57(4). p.288-291
Abstract

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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cognitive functions, information-integration, Poverty, procedural learning
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Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
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57
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4
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4 pages
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0036-5564
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10.1111/sjop.12292
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English
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  author       = {Dang, Junhua and Xiao, Shanshan and Zhang, Ting and Liu, Ying and Jiang, Bin and Mao, Lihua},
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  language     = {eng},
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  number       = {4},
  pages        = {288--291},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Scandinavian Journal of Psychology},
  title        = {When the poor excel : Poverty facilitates procedural learning},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12292},
  volume       = {57},
  year         = {2016},
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