Tag Archive: socioeconomic

Talk with your hands – gestures predict vocabulary

Vocabulary knowledge when kids enter school predicts later academic performance. A study published in the current issue of Science investigated the link between parental gestures and the development of children’s vocabulary. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that parents who used more gestures when communicating had kids with a broader “gesture vocabulary” at 14…

Brain function and socioeconomic status

A study to be published in the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience found that 9 to 10 year-olds from poorer socioeconomic backgrounds have lower levels of activity in the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for problem-solving, planning and decision-making, than those from wealthier families. The researchers suggested that the activity patterns in the…

Racism, socioeconomic factors cited in infant mortality

A study by Jacksonville Community Council, Inc. in Florida examined factors contributing to the high rate of infant mortality, especially among African American children, in Jacksonville. They reported that the biggest contributor to infant death was prematurity and low birth weight, which was related to mother’s health before and during pregnancy. Neglect and abuse were…