Thursday, July 31st, 2014

New Study Reveals Children Of Low Income Families Have Slower Rates Of Brain Growth

According to a new study, children of low-income families have slower rates of growth in a number of areas, including two key parts of the brain, the parietal lobe and the frontal lobe. One of the researchers is psychology professor Seth Pollak.
 
Professor Pollak and other researchers studied 400 children from birth to age four. He says there is a distinct difference in the brain scans of children living in poverty. The research indicates they do not develop as rapidly, which Pollak says helps explain behavioral, learning and attention problems.
 
Pollak and his fellow researchers say environmental factors that contribute to slower brain development often come with poverty, such as poor nutrition, lack of sleep, an unsafe environment, and lack of books and educational toys.

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