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How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble

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Neuroscientist and pediatrician Kimberly Noble is leading the Baby's First Years study: the first-ever randomized study of how family income changes children's cognitive, emotional and brain development. She and a team of economists and policy experts are working together to find out: Can we help kids in poverty simply by giving families more money? "The brain is not destiny," Noble says. "And if a child's brain can be changed, then anything is possible."

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37 Comments on How does income affect childhood brain development? | Kimberly Noble

  1. Un-Biased Truth // 18th April 2019 at 4:53 pm // Reply

    shes beautiful <3

  2. Life Progress - Health, Wealth, & Happiness Channel // 18th April 2019 at 4:58 pm // Reply

    *Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime*

    • Juliana Silva // 18th April 2019 at 5:21 pm // Reply

      +Gamer 49 what

    • Matt Stanton // 18th April 2019 at 5:38 pm // Reply

      Ignorance is the parent of blindness and spitting out nonsense to fill it’s lack of willingness to truly understand anything.

    • Stephen Brown // 18th April 2019 at 6:01 pm // Reply

      +Gamer 49 So in the USA if the Left got into “guns” we would have a Revolution? But the Right is perfectly satisfied (other than Rush and Hannity) with the way things are? but were a little put-off with 8 yrs of Obama? but not that put-off? “hey it ain’t my kid ending up in the trash can”.

    • Hey losers. Stop having kids you can’t afford

    • olli tuovinen // 18th April 2019 at 6:30 pm // Reply

      Poverty is the son of low IQ.

  3. Growing up in a low income family. I come to realize that you gain a greater understanding to everything around you OR the opposite.

    • +Gamer 49 are you saying street smarts aren’t the problem? That the problem is people being able to ignore everyone around them?
      That sentence has a lot in it so i needa break it down.

    • olli tuovinen // 18th April 2019 at 6:28 pm // Reply

      Low IQ makes people earn less. Not the reverse.

    • +olli tuovinen thats different for children

    • olli tuovinen Most families (globally) have been relatively dirt poor since the beginning of recorded history, with the middle class forming only recently. No innate unintelligence was required to make these people poor. Just horrible circumstances. Some people are unintelligent and fall into the lower class, but what of those born into poverty? That has nothing to do with how intelligent they are, just the circumstances of their birth.

    • carlitos vodka // 18th April 2019 at 8:04 pm // Reply

      growing up poor and to this day not having a house of my own has impacted my nutrition and eventually my moods and lifestyle and mindset.

  4. Rafath Sultana // 18th April 2019 at 5:08 pm // Reply

    Wait. Trump and his children are the biggest living proof that this study is B.S. Rofl. Thanks for the fun.

  5. Kim Noble: income affects childhood brain development.

    Aunt Becky: Hold my beer

    • Stephen Brown // 18th April 2019 at 5:33 pm // Reply

      You do have to marvel at how these jokers can string together a very nice income stating the obvious though. Money matters OK what’s next Einstein? I bet there are videos on YT saying if your kid’s room is dark it will ruin their lives. I mean you can make a case for anything if you try.

    • +Stephen Brown I don’t think that you understand the significance of what she is saying. What is obvious (probably what you’re thinking of) is that intellectual and educational ACHIEVEMENT is linked to poverty.

      What she’s referring to is the organic, physical development of the brain is linked (strongly!) to brain development. I found this aspect amazing in that it confirms what we already know – that’s the part that you are referring to.

    • +BKF
      Precisely. Well said.

  6. Amanda Pereyra // 18th April 2019 at 5:36 pm // Reply

    That’s using the scientific method right there!!! Well done, scientists!

  7. Kurt E. Clothier // 18th April 2019 at 5:46 pm // Reply

    Long term, I highly doubt giving money to people currently in poverty will help unless you also teach them how to properly save and spend that money.

    • Yea it’s so stupid.

    • Kurt E. Clothier and no one seems to understand how inflation works, if you ever wanna win a debate over this just use Finland as an example, the best school system in the world and they could make the Universal Income work out, some people will succeed others won’t that’s society and all anyone can do about it it’s make sure you belong to the first group at all costs. I do think poverty is a choice in the future, in the Us all of us have fairly similar opportunities it’s up to each one of us to use them in our advantage

    • +André E.B. Fairly similar opportunities in USA? What about the universities? The “good ones” are private and to get in you have to have a inmaculate currículum or be rich.

  8. Arturo Lemos // 18th April 2019 at 5:53 pm // Reply

    Great talk, I enjoyed hearing the details. I am going to track the study to see what the results are.

  9. Your Favorite Lifecoach // 18th April 2019 at 6:07 pm // Reply

    Growing up poor did affect me. Lack of Confidence, trust, hope. A lot of fear.

    This all has to be won to achieve something bigger than yourself.

    • I grew up poor. I bet the afflictions you listed came from more than your parent’s income. This is a silly contention that you state. I hope you really arent a life coach….

  10. kanav benipuri // 18th April 2019 at 6:52 pm // Reply

    exceptionally true!!!

  11. contemplatively // 18th April 2019 at 7:51 pm // Reply

    Excellent work. Thank you!

  12. Laurie Huntley // 18th April 2019 at 7:53 pm // Reply

    That AND being the First of Four Children. You tend to get lost with each new baby. And add being the one of the Have not’s , The lack of self Confidence can follow you through a Life time.

  13. Interesting conversation, but I think the conclusion is silly and simplistic. It discourages me that more people on the message board aren’t on my side on this one. Growing up poor, I can tell you that there are upsides as well as downsides. Nothing in life is perfect, but I guess I applaud those that are trying to get to utopia….

  14. moderngoblin // 18th April 2019 at 9:10 pm // Reply

    Yeah, having a baby while poor is the equivalent to torturing a kitten that lives 100 years not just 20.

  15. How do you know the higher income people didn’t pass down genes for being more intelligent?

  16. What if those mums watch this video?

  17. So you’re saying that when my family is poor I’m biologically determined to become a loser

  18. Ask Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin…

  19. Paragon Of virtue // 18th April 2019 at 11:15 pm // Reply

    It’s just that rich people can afford to bribe for their degrees .or have you forgotten?

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