Growing Up Poor Improves Specific Mental Abilities

Vladas Griskevicius, University of Minnesota, USA
Chiraag Mittal, University of Minnesota, USA
Jeffry Simpson, University of Minnesota, USA
Sooyeon Sung, University of Minnesota, USA
Ethan Young, University of Minnesota, USA
Can growing up poor ever be good? We show that deprived childhoods lead to poor inhibition (e.g., overcoming desire), but excellent shifting (e.g., moving between tasks). In contrast to most conclusions, this research demonstrates that resource-deprivation in childhood does not universally impair mental functioning, and can improve important mental abilities.
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Vladas Griskevicius, Chiraag Mittal, Jeffry Simpson, Sooyeon Sung, and Ethan Young (2014) ,"Growing Up Poor Improves Specific Mental Abilities", in NA - Advances in Consumer Research Volume 42, eds. June Cotte and Stacy Wood, Duluth, MN : Association for Consumer Research, Pages: 225-229.