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Brain Drain: A Child’s Brain on Poverty

“Brain Drain: A Child’s Brain on Poverty,” released in March 2015 and prepared by intern Neil Damron, explores the brain’s basic anatomy and recent research findings suggesting that poverty affects the brain development of infants and young children and the potential lifelong effects of the changes. The sheet draws from a variety of sources, especially work by IRP affiliates and Professors Barbara Wolfe (Economics, Public Affairs, and Population Health Sciences), Seth Pollak (Psychology, Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Public Affairs), and Katherine Magnuson (Social Work), who provided guidance and content review.


Child Development & Well-Being, Child Poverty, Children, Health, Neighborhood Effects, Place, Social Determinants of Health