Scientists have long suspected that poverty affects children’s brains. In recent years they’ve begun to use sophisticated imaging tools and other methods to understand exactly how the process works. Professor Martha Farah, director of the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, has just written an article for a scientific journal reviewing recent research on poverty and brain development.
"If you put it in terms of a public health issue, these adverse environments that kids are growing up in are really having a physical impact on their bodies and minds."
— Martha Farah on new research in neuroscience