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Predicting Early Emergence of Childhood Obesity in Underserved Preschoolers

Objective. To determine the magnitude of risk of factors that contribute to the emergence of childhood obesity among low-income minority children. Study design. We conducted a prospective cohort analysis of parent-child pairs with children aged 3-5 years who were nonobese (n = … Continue reading

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How Income Affects the Brain

A new study links lower socioeconomic status to detrimental brain changes. We often attribute financial problems to bad life decisions: Why didn’t that person stay in college? Why didn’t they pick a more lucrative career? Why did they have so … Continue reading

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How Poverty Changes the Brain

You saw the pictures in science class—a profile view of the human brain, sectioned by function. The piece at the very front, right behind where a forehead would be if the brain were actually in someone’s head, is the pre-frontal … Continue reading

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The Psychological Roots of Inequality and Social Class

Why does economic inequality continue to rise despite being disfavored and harmful to individuals and society? To better understand this inequality paradox, we advance an inequality maintenance model of social class. We detail a set of five propositions to encapsulate … Continue reading

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Family income, Parental Education and Brain structure in Children and Adolescents

Socioeconomic disparities are associated with differences in cognitive development. The extent to which this translates to disparities in brain structure is unclear. We investigated relationships between socioeconomic factors and brain morphometry, independently of genetic ancestry, among a cohort of 1,099 … Continue reading

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Poverty shrinks Brains from Birth

Studies show that children from low-income families have smaller brains and lower cognitive abilities. The stress of growing up poor can hurt a child’s brain development starting before birth, research suggests — and even very small differences in income can … Continue reading

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