Monday, May 21, 2018

How low income affects the brain

Article using a recent study by the Center for Vital Longevity and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Some excerpts:

"We often attribute financial problems to bad life decisions: Why didn’t that person stay in college? Why didn’t they pick a more lucrative career? Why did they have so many kids? But several recent studies suggest that having less money can actually affect thinking and memory for the worse. In the most recent of these papers, scientists found a link between being lower on the socioeconomic ladder and changes in the brain."

When they say "we" in the start of the above paragraph they mean regressive Repugnantans. Progressives don't make such fallacious and cruel assumptions.

"People who had lower-paying jobs might have had worse access to health care and healthy food. They might live in more polluted neighborhoods or have lives that are less intellectually stimulating. The stress of being low on the socioeconomic totem pole raises levels of allostatic load—a measure of stress hormones that cause wear and tear on the body, including the brain."

Environmental and social circumstances are huge factors in healthy brain functioning, as has long been understood by progressives. It has little to nothing to do with the poor being lazy or lacking in personal responsibility.

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