Study reveals that poverty can have negative impact on a child’s brain

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According to a new research, children who are from low-income backgrounds are more likely to be distracted and have weaker brain activity.

In a research conducted by Prof. John Spencer, from the University of East Anglia’s School of Psychology, children who were between the ages of four months and four years in rural India were studied. And also children from families in Midwest America were studied.

The results were compared, in which it was revealed that children who are from lower-income backgrounds tend to have weaker brain activity.

Spencer said: “Each year, 250 million children in low and middle income countries fail to reach their developmental potential which shows the growing need to understand the global impact of poverty on early brain and behavioral development. Previous work has shown that poverty and early adversities significantly impact brain development, contributing to a vicious cycle of poverty.”

Factors which include religion, wealth index, caste, children ever born, parental education were considered in the study. The research team found out that children from families with lower income and low parental education have weaker brain activity.

Spencer said “Although the impact of adversity on brain development can trap children in an inter-generational cycle of poverty, the massive potential for brain plasticity is also a source of hope.”

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