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How poverty molds the brain

October 29, 2013

people and society graphic Groundbreaking research nearly two decades ago linking a mother's educational background to her children's literacy and cognitive abilities stands out among decades of social science studies demonstrating the adverse effects of poverty. Now, new research conducted at Northwestern University has taken that finding in a neuroscientific direction: Linking poor processing of auditory information in the adolescent brain to a lower maternal educational background. Full Story

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