The Effect of Poverty on the Brain

Does living with scarce resources affect the brain? Does it affect learning? Can anything be done about it? In the following TEDx talk, Beth Babcock of EMPath explains how poverty impairs the development of executive function in the brain, and shares the success of new coaching models that allow clients to practice and rebuild their… Read more

Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much

Why do successful people get things done at the last minute? Why does poverty persist? Why do organizations get stuck firefighting? Why do people worried about their finances have less control over their impulses? Sendhil Mullainathan, a behavioural economist, and Eldar Shafir, a cognitive psychologist, see these all as examples of a scarcity mindset. Scarcity… Read more