Poverty and Brain Development in Children
September 27, 2018
Researchers at UW–Madison and numerous other academic Institutions are attempting to use the tools of Neuroscience to learn how poverty influences critical areas of the brain and then use these insights to suggest better design of policies directed at children growing up in poverty.
The first brief presentation will provide insight into the tools of neuroscience that are being employed in this effort and an overview of results of existing studies.
Then we will hold two panels in which researchers (1) pursuing new research on how poverty influences the brain and (2) researchers using interventions informed by neuroscience present their plans and progress and then policy experts collaborating on IRP initiatives react and make suggestions on how to increase the usefulness of such research for policy design.