A scene from West Dallas near Singleton Boulevard. Photo/Allison V. Smith

The Psychology Of Poverty

When people live in poverty, the financial challenges are obvious. What researchers are learning, though, is that feeling poor is problematic, too. University of North Carolina psychology professor Keith Payne joins us to talk about how perception of economic standing influences the brain, which he writes about in “The Broken Ladder: How Inequality Affects the Way We Think, Live, and Die” (Viking).