10-15% of the U.S. population lives in poverty - and an even larger group of people lives under financial and/or socioeconomic stress. Which brings us to this increasingly important question: how does poverty affect the brain? What are the mental health implications of living in poverty?
We had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ramani Durvasula, a professor of psychology and the former chair of the American Psychological Association (APA)'s Committee on Socioeconomic Status. She dives into how poverty affects the brain and explains why the need to address this massive mental health crisis is so urgent. She also sheds light on how the lack of economic resources can easily affect one's stress levels.
Dr. Ramani also breaks down the many unexpected ways in which poverty affects the livelihood of children. This impact starts before that child is even born.
Other questions Dr. Ramani addresses:
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