In Early environment can change your brain

University of Wisconsin-Madison research adds to evidence that childhood poverty can affect brain development and the ability to succeed.

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Hannah Tunney, 2, holds a book while getting a check-up from nurse practitioner Francesca Vash at Group Health Cooperative health care center in Madison. GHC participates in the national Reach Out and Read program, which distributes books to children up to age 5 at each regular check-up. The program is designed to encourage families to develop good reading habits. (Photo by Coburn Dukehart, Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism


Recent research by psychology professor Seth Pollak and economist Barbara Wolfe joins a growing body of socioeconomic brain research documenting “poverty’s most insidious damage” — that poor children are up against their own biological development.  Along with graduate students Nicole Hair and Jamie Hanson, Pollak and Wolfe found that poverty can cause structural changes in areas of the brain associated with school readiness skills. 

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