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Research Reveals Link Between Family Income, Parent Education and Brain Structure in Children and Adolescents

An article published in the Nature Neuroscience journal reveals a link between family income, parent education and brain structure of children and adolescents. The study by a group of researchers from across the United States, investigated the relationship between family income level and brain development, independent of genetic ancestry. The study targeted a cohort of 1,099 typically developing individuals between the ages of 3 – 20 years. The study found a positive relationship between family income levels and brain surface area. The regions of the brain affected by this relationship were those associated with academic and learning success such as languages, reading, executive functioning and spatial skills.