Poverty and the Brain
by emma_anderson on October 3, 2016 - 10:06pm
When I saw this article it reminded me how much I loved learning about this topic. I found that poverty and the affects it has on your brain are astonishing and something not many people are educated on in schools nowadays. This article talked about brain patterns and the environment that you live in. Poverty usually attributes to conditions of violence, a tough homelife, pollution, unemployment, malnutrition, and abuse. All of these conditions affect different patterns or connections that are trying to be made in children’s minds. The article describes “gray matter”. “Gray matter” is where your brain makes decisions, memory, social or emotional behavior, and judgement are just a few of the very important things that can be affected. ( Contributors: Erika Hayasaki 8/25/16 7:10 AM) How Poverty Affects the Brain Retrieved from http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/02/how-poverty-affects-brains-493239.html . Two reports showed that the link between “grey matter” and impoverished children was very small. This means that impoverished children would have a harder time making decisions and judgement calls. The children that are impoverished would most likely struggle more in learning. Children that live under the national poverty line which is $24,230 have even less gray matter than kids that are impoverished. Another study showed that kids who grew up in a lower income household had less brain surface than kids that grew up in an upper income household. This is not the only factor that determines the brain patterns and connections that are being made. Growing up in a lower income housing just fits one part of the pattern that somewhat defines poverty and brain patterns in children. This article is important because poverty affects the way kids learn. If we can do something about it now then it can help younger kids in the long run.
Reference: (Contributors: Erika Hayasaki 8/25/16 7:10 AM) How Poverty Affects the Brain. Retrieved from http://www.newsweek.com/2016/09/02/how-poverty-affects-brains-493239.html