Poverty, Parenting Linked to Child Brain Development

By Andrew M. Seaman
Published October 28, 2013, at Reuters

Children who grow up in poor families may have smaller brains than their more well-off peers, says a new study. But good parenting may help overcome that disadvantage. Researchers found that kids who grew up poor tended to have smaller hippocampus and amygdala volumes. Those areas of the brain are partly responsible for regulating memory and emotions. ”Generally speaking, larger brains within a certain range of normal are healthier brains,” Dr. Joan Luby, the study’s lead author, said. Read the storyRead the study.