Living In Poverty Might Physically Alter Children's Brains
Living below the poverty line reduces brain volume in areas associated with learning, according to a new joint study from three universities.By Ryan Biek | July 21, 2015
The deck is already stacked against children living in poverty, and now, there's growing evidence that living in poverty can negatively affect children's brains.
A study by researchers from universities in Michigan, Wisconsin and North Carolina found poverty can diminish the brain's gray matter — the tissue that processes information.
The reduction in gray matter volume was found throughout the brain but most noticeably in the frontal lobe, temporal lobe and hippocampus –– areas tied to learning.