Center for Bioethics and Medical Humanities and the Institute for Health and Equity Conference
This is Your Brain on Poverty: Neuroscience, Ethics and Early Childhood Deprivation
Childhood socioeconomic status (SES) predicts many important life outcomes, from physical and mental health to academic achievement and cognitive ability. Why is SES so influential? Part of the answer lies in the relationship between SES and the brain. I will present research from my lab and others aimed at characterizing SES differences in brain structure and function. I will then discuss the causes of these associations - by what mechanisms are they linked? - and their consequences - what roles do they play in the health and achievement disparities mentioned earlier? Finally I will consider whether and how the neuroscience of SES can help shape policies to benefit children of low SES.
Martha Farah, PhD
Director, Center for Neurosciences and Society
University of Pennsylvania
- Medical College of Wisconsin
- 8701 Watertown Plank Rd.
- Alumni Center, MEB/M1060
- Milwaukee, WI 53226