Thursday, March 19, 2009

SES and brain functions

How does SES related to neurological functioning?

Much has been written and summarized regarding the relation between SES, achievement, and intelligence. More recently on the scene are researchers trying to establish links between SES and neurological functioning. In the recent edition of Trends in Cognitive Sciences (on of my favorite science journals for providing brief overview summaries of topics), Hackman and Farah summarize much of this literature. I found the strongest links between SES and the executive function and language systems of the brain (they organized their review around five primary brain systems) of most interest. The discussion of the operationalization of the construct of SES was also informative and should be reviewed by those doing research on the relations between SES and intelligence and/or those who design representative norm samples for intelligence and achievement tests.

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