Poor and well-off children show different EEG activity

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.

  1. #1 by george.w on December 13, 2008 - 9:27 pm

    I posted on this study when it featured in Science Daily, and my smart-aleck son sent a link to a rather critical view of it.
    Kids these days… maybe I should have forced him to watch more television.

  2. #2 by Kevin Beck on December 13, 2008 - 9:32 pm

    Well give that boy an EEG!
    You have to hate it when science works. I mean, here are these scientists just wanting to publish something, and other scientists who catch wind of it have the nerve to scrutinize it and find where it might be flawed. And to think they would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those meddling Ph.D.’s!

  3. #3 by Jonathan Vos Post on December 14, 2008 - 11:19 am

    This is automatically to be cited in my forthcoming Ed.D. dissertation, expected Spring 2011, from the joint program at University of California/Irvine and California State University/Los Angeles.
    Working title: Students At the Edge of Chaos: Pedagogy of Neurosciences and Chaos. I’ve written at least 200 pages of draft chapters, as essays for various courses towards a full-time California secondary school teaching credential (due Spring 2009), necessitated by No Child Left Behind, regardless of my prior professorships, and while I’m a full time high school science teacher (Chem, Bio, Anatomy & Physiology) to predominantly impovershed teenagers.

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