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Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development

Researchers from nine American universities conducted a major new study of the effects of family income and parental education on child and adolescent brain development. While it has long been known that children from wealthier families have more economic and academic advantages, it has now been proven that children from higher income families also have larger brains.

“We’ve known for a long time that kids from lower-income or disadvantaged families don’t do as well in school and have more difficulties on standardized tests,” Dr. Elizabeth Sowell, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, told The Huffington Post. “We know that the brain is driving cognition and behavior, so there must be some difference in the brain. This is the largest study to look at things like family income and the size of the brain.”

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