Brain scans reveal physical link between poverty and childhood depression

It’s no secret that being born into a poor family can give you a rough start in life, but new research has shown that the amount of money parents have can actually change a child’s brain connectivity, and put them at greater risk of depression.

A team from Washington University St Louis analysed functional MRI scans of 105 children aged between 7 and 12, and found that key structures in the brain connect differently in poor children when compared to kids from a wealthy family. Importantly, those brain structures influence how children learn, and regulate their stress levels and emotions.

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