Poverty experiences in childhood could have long-lasting effects on the brain
How poverty affects brain activity of children - interesting science news

Researchers compared the brain activity of children from poor rural Indian background to those coming from families in Midwest America and found that the former had weaker brain activity and hence were more likely to be distracted.

The scientists studied the visual memory which stores information momentarily. This skill develops early in childhood and is an excellent marker of cognitive development. The children from the poor Indian backgrounds performed poorly and showed increased distractibility. The frontal cortex which is involved in working memory was affected in these children.

This shows that being born in a poor environment significantly impacts the neurological development which then could contribute to the vicious cycle of poverty.

Read the full story: University of East Anglia
Scientific publication: Developmental Science


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