Neuroscience in Society

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Neuroscience has a profound ability to alter society, but who makes sure it changes society for the better?
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Jet lag, irregular sleep schedules, and exposure to artificial light throw our internal clocks out of whack. When that happens, our health suffers.
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Neglecting to take care of yourself and your surroundings can negatively affect your brain, which can make it harder to steady your mental health.
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Meet the neuroscientists behind BrainFacts.org.
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Learn about the impacts that child poverty has on the developing brain with data from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and public health epidemiology.
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How can educators help ease the effects of common negative experiences facing students from poor socioeconomic backgrounds?
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How does growing up less fortunate impact the brain and how can educators help their students overcome this obstacle?
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The prolonged stress a child experiences by being separated from their parents has lasting implications for their mental health and the generations after them.
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While differences in brain size based on socioeconomic status could be considered stigmatizing, the brain is quite adaptable and plastic.
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Learn about the prevalence of poverty in the US and its threats to childhood development.
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Both stressful situations and a lack of resources can physically change the adult brain, which raises concerns of how living in poverty could negatively affect children, whose brains are still developing.
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Advancements in neuroscience have answered some big questions about ourselves — they have also posed even bigger questions about our society.
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Meet the neuroscientists behind BrainFacts.org.
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