Poverty is bad for your brain

Growing Up Poor Changes Brain Connectivity and Depression Risk

Key brain structures show weaker connections in poor children, a new study finds. Brain scans of 105 children aged between 7 and 12 showed weaker connections in the hippocampus and amygdala, among other differences. The hippocampus is a key brain area related to memory, learning and the regulation of stress. The amygdala is related to processing emotions and also stress. Poorer children had the weakest brain connections in the hippocampus and amygdala. Poverty was also related to higher levels of depression. ….[READ]

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