Strengths and weakness of neuroscientific investigations of childhood poverty: future directions

Front Hum Neurosci. 2015 Feb 11;9:53. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00053. eCollection 2015.


The neuroscientific study of child poverty is a topic that has only recently emerged. In comparison with previous reviews (e.g., Hackman and Farah, 2009; Lipina and Colombo, 2009; Hackman et al., 2010; Raizada and Kishiyama, 2010; Lipina and Posner, 2012), our perspective synthesizes findings, and summarizes both conceptual and methodological contributions, as well as challenges that face current neuroscientific approaches to the study of childhood poverty. The aim of this effort is to identify target areas of study that could potentially help build a basic and applied research agenda for the coming years.

Keywords: brain plasticity; childhood poverty; interventions; policy making; social inequality.