Study connects parent’s education, income to child’s brain development

A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscientists found a correlation between a parent’s income and education level and the development of certain areas of their child’s brain that relate to learning, memory and stress processing, the Huffington Post reports. The study analyzed the brain images of subjects whose parents had between eight and 21 years of education and incomes that ranged from below poverty level to over $140,000 for a family of four. The study was led by Kimberly Noble, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Columbia, in conjunction with Elizabeth Sowell, a professor of pediatrics at USC. Noble found that the hippocampal region of the brain, which is essential in learning and memory function, had a larger volume for subjects who were raised by parents with higher incomes…

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