The Impact of Poverty on Children’s Brain Activity

There are many factors that impact the development of the brain. Wijeakumar, Kumar, Reyes, Tiwari & Spencer (2019) found that poverty is one of them.

Children from lower-income backgrounds, where mothers also had a low level of education, had weaker brain activity and were more likely to be distracted.

Although the impact of adversity on brain development can trap children in an intergenerational cycle of poverty, the massive potential for brain plasticity is also a source of hope.

I have worked with children, adolescents and adults from various socioeconomic backgrounds.  What I find in my work with individuals is the same as what these researchers have found.  The brain has the capacity to heal.

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The Impact of Poverty on Children’s Brain Activity

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