Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Rich kids beat poor kids in brain development

In a Berkley study that you probably won't see on the Nightly News, and one that's probably not going to be too widely reported in general, researchers found rich kids' brains are more highly developed than poor kids, reports NBCBayAreaNews.com.

Using a "cap fitted with electrodes" to test rich and poor kids, scientists found "detectable differences in the response of their prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is critical for problem solving and creativity."

Researchers believe stress and lack of mental stimulation is to blame. For example, "previous studies have shown that children from poor families hear 30 million fewer words by the time they are four than do kids from middle-class families."

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