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Family Income, Parental Education Related to Brain Structure in Children and Adolescents

LOS ANGELES (March 30, 2015) – Characterizing associations between socioeconomic factors and children’s brain development, a team including investigators from nine universities across the country reports correlative links between family income and brain structure. Relationships between the brain and family income were strongest in the lowest end of the economic range – suggesting that interventional policies aimed at these children may have the largest societal impact.  The study, led by researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Columbia University Medical Center, will be published in the early online edition of the journal Nature Neuroscience on March 30.

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·         San Diego Union Tribune – Higher income linked to smarter kids
·         Science – Poverty may affect the growth of children’s brains
·         Los Angeles Times – Can money buy your kids a bigger brain?
·         Huffington Post – Study Reveals Sad Link Between Poverty And Children’s Brain Development
·         The Guardian – Brain development in children could be affected by poverty, study shows
·         LBC (Leading Britain’s Conversation) Radio–UK National Radio. Listen to interview segment