Poverty and development

IB Psychology: Poverty and development

The economist Paul Krugman commented in the New York Times on findings from neuroscientists. Children growing up in very poor families, with low social status, experience high levels of stress hormones that may impair brain development and cognitive functioning. 17.4 percent of children in the US live below the poverty line. Based on these statistics, Krugman argued that children born to the poorest parents have an almost...

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Sara Dean 2 November 2017 - 09:59

Hi John,
Do you know where I can find the Farah 2008 study? Or do you have a citation that I can then search? I have a student wanting to use the full study for the EE, but I can't locate it.
Ever grateful,


John Crane 2 November 2017 - 16:41

Dear Sara,

All citations are are the end of the chapter - see "References".

Farah M. J., Shera D. M., Savage J. H., Betancourt L., Giannetta J. M., Brodsky N. L., Malmud E. K., Hurt H. (2006). Childhood poverty: specific associations with neurocognitive development. Brain Res. 1110 166–174.

John Crane 2 November 2017 - 16:44

Ah, this is a citation from the textbook. Here it is:

Farah, M. J., Shera, D. M., Savage, J. H., Betancourt, L., Giannetta, J. M., Brodsky, N. L., . . . Hurt, H. (2006). Childhood poverty: Specific associations with neurocognitive development. Brain Research, 1110(1), 166-174. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2006.06.072

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