Wealth Disparity Sensitivity Impacts Brain Development.

In Brain Circuitry, Brain Development, Brain General Structure and Function, Brain Science, Senses and Perception by Brainy Days Ahead

Wealth disparity in a neighborhood coupled with living in a low-income household in that neighborhood has shown changes to the brain maturation of teenage girls. Researchers at Baycrest’s Rotman Research Institute (RRI) find that female adolescents in these living situations showed a greater thinning in the brain’s cortical thickness (a measurement of the brain’s maturation). Researchers note that the brain is vulnerable to developing psychiatric disorders as it undergoes changes related to puberty, to social environment, and to academic demands. A sensitivity to income inequality may be a stressor and this extra pressure could change the way an adolescent’s brain structure evolves.