Kids from low-income homes use brains differently

Nov 28, 2012 by

Kids from low-income households use their brains differently. In a recent study of kids between ages 12 and 14, it was found that those from low-income families allocate more attention to unimportant tasks than those of their higher-income peers. This discrepancy in selective attention is likely due to the fact that kids who live in lower-income areas have more of a need to be aware of their surroundings. As this article puts it, they “live in environments which are more intimidating.”