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The Connection Between Poverty and Brain Development

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Source: Scientific American

Children from poor families face environmental challenges that could affect their brain development.

Published in the journal Scientific American, a study led by neuroscientist Kimberly Noble highlights the detrimental impacts of poverty on child brain development.

For the study, Noble gathered 150 children from various socioeconomic backgrounds and used psychological testing methods to evaluate their cognitive abilities.

The results were that children showed better cognitive skills when their socioeconomic status (SES) was higher.

SES accounted for at least one-third of the differences in performance on language tasks.

Furthermore, brain scans that were performed on 1000 children indicated a significant lack of brain development in children from low SES.

Read full story at: Scientific American

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