The Correlation Between Poverty and IQ

The Mouse Trap, Sandy Guatam’s excel­lent blog on cog­nit­ive and devel­op­ment­al psychology, dis­cusses the cor­rel­a­tion between a low IQ and poverty, and the implic­a­tions there­of.

What are the implic­a­tions for soci­ety of a more mech­an­ist­ic under­stand­ing of the effects of child­hood poverty on brain devel­op­ment? To dif­fer­ent degrees, and in dif­fer­ent ways, we regard chil­dren as the respons­ib­il­ity of both par­ents and soci­ety. Par­ents’ respons­ib­il­ity begins before birth and encom­passes vir­tu­ally every aspect of the child’s life. Society’s respons­ib­il­ity is more cir­cum­scribed.


In my view the soci­et­al implic­a­tions are far reach­ing, if low [socio-eco­nom­ic status] leads to lowered cog­nit­ive func­tion­ing, it becomes our duty to provide more cog­nit­ive stim­u­la­tion and ensure that all chil­dren get suf­fi­cient social/emotional nur­tur­ance so that their IQ can flower to its full poten­tial.

via Mind Hacks

1 thought on “The Correlation Between Poverty and IQ

  1. Mike Steinberg

    Does this con­trol for par­ent­al IQ? Low cog­nit­ive abil­ity and low future time ori­ent­a­tion are them­selves caus­al factors in poverty. Cog­nit­ive abil­ity is a quant­it­at­ive her­it­able trait so would be trans­mit­ted to chil­dren via genes and envir­on­ment.

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