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Research Shows People Who Grow Up Poor Have Impaired Brain Functioning as Adults

Liz Dwyer

Over at the Atlantic, Emily Badger details how researchers have discovered the lasting impact of poverty on adults. The longitudinal study found that "Those who grew up poor later had impaired brain function as adults—a disadvantage researchers could literally see in the activity of the amygdala and prefrontal cortex on an fMRI scan." These "early experiences of poverty become embedded within the organism, setting individuals on lifelong trajectories."

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