‘Early brain function affected in poor kids’

  1. A new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) has revealed that poverty significantly impacts brain development in children.
  2. The researchers had studied the brain function of children aged between four months and four years in rural Uttar Pradesh, India and compared them with children from families in Midwest America. The researchers examined the children’s visual working memory i.e. the ability to store visual information and detect changes in the visual environment when they occur.
  3. The researchers came to the conclusion that children from lower income backgrounds, where mothers also had a low level of education, had weaker brain activity. These children were more likely to be distracted.