Income Found to Effect Children’s Brains?

December 6, 2008

California (ChattahBox) – A new study done by UC Berkley seems to suggest that children born and raised in lower socioeconomic classes have lower function in the prefrontal cortex, effecting their problem solving skills and creativity.

Leveraging a method similar to that done to monitor brain tumors using electrodes to monitor electrical activity within the brain, they were able to chart the changes using a collection of children from lower, middle, and upper class backgrounds.

“Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult,” said Robert Knight, the director in charge of the research, and a UC Berkley professor pf psychology. “We found that kids are more likely to have a low response if they have low socioeconomic status, though not everyone who is poor has low frontal lobe response.”

Although the results are disturbing, Knight also assures us that this is not an unstoppable problem. He believes with intervention brain development can be improved in children with lower function, giving a positive change in both critical thinking, and behavioral issues.


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