Effects of a stimulating environment at age 4 show up in brain scans 15 years later

12:04 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Effects of a stimulating environment at age 4 show up in brain scans 15 years later

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Researchers in Philadelphia found evidence that a stimulating home environment at age 4 leads to actual, measurable changes in brain structure by the late teens. The study involved mostly low-income children, and it was controlled for parental IQ.
An early childhood surrounded by books and educational toys will leave positive fingerprints on a person's brain well into their late teens, a two-decade-long research study has shown. Scientists found that the more mental stimulation a child gets around the age of four, the more developed the parts of their brains dedicated to language and cognition will be in the decades ahead.