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The Brody Colloquia honors Regents Professor and Center for Family Research Co-Director Dr. Gene Brody.

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Join a live, interactive discussion with Kimberly Noble, MD, Ph.D., professor of neuroscience and education at Columbia University, to explore the relation between poverty and child development including learning more about a ground-breaking study underway to learn if simply reducing poverty alone can affect brain development positively.

Understanding the impact of poverty on childhood brain development

Abstract: We have known for a long time that being born into an impoverished environment can lead to a number of negative outcomes for children. One of those is that children from disadvantaged backgrounds tend to be behind more advantaged children in their cognitive development. But what are the mechanisms through which this happens? Does poverty affect cognitive development indirectly by reducing access to resources like quality housing and nutrition, or is it the actual presence or absence of income?

As a neuroscientist and board-certified pediatrician, Noble directs the Neurocognition, Early Experience and Development (NEED) lab, where she and her team study how socioeconomic inequality relates to children's cognitive, emotional, and brain development.  Her work examines socioeconomic disparities in cognitive development, as well as brain structure and function, across infancy, childhood, and adolescence.

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