This is certainly interesting, though it points more to a problem than to a solution. Researchers at UC-Berkeley have found that kids from low-income backgrounds demonstrate “a noticeably lower level of activity in the prefrontal cortext [sic], the part of the brain that is important for creativity and problem solving.” From study co-author Robert Knight:
“Kids from lower socioeconomic levels show brain physiology patterns similar to someone who actually had damage in the frontal lobe as an adult.
“We found that kids are more likely to have a low response if they have low socioeconomic status, though not everyone who is poor has low frontal lobe response.”
The study will be published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.