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Gwendolyn M. Lawson, Jeffrey T. Duda, Brian B. Avants, Jue Wu and Martha J. Farah Associations between children's socioeconomic status and prefrontal cortical thickness Developmental Science 16

Article first published online: 30 JUL 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/desc.12096

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Childhood socioeconomic status (SES) predicts executive function performance and measures of prefrontal cortical function, but little is known about its anatomical correlates. Structural MRI and demographic data from a sample of 283 healthy children from the NIH MRI Study of Normal Brain Development were used to investigate the relationship between SES and prefrontal cortical thickness. Specifically, we assessed the association between two principal measures of childhood SES, family income and parental education, and gray matter thickness in specific subregions of prefrontal cortex and on the asymmetry of these areas.

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