Family Income May Influence Brain Development

Researchers found a nonlinear association between family income and children's brain surface area.

Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA, and Columbia University Medical Center in New York, NY, have published the findings of a new study that investigates associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

“While in no way implying that a child’s socioeconomic circumstances lead to immutable changes in brain development or cognition,” says Elizabeth Sowell, PhD, director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory, part of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, “our data suggest that wider access to resources likely afforded by the more affluent may lead to differences in a child’s brain structure.”

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