“As it turns out, the conditions that attend poverty—what a National Scientific Council report summarized as “overcrowding, noise, substandard housing, separation from parent(s), exposure to violence, family turmoil,” and other forms of extreme stress—can be toxic to the developing brain, just like drug or alcohol abuse… wealth can’t necessarily buy a better brain, but deprivation can result in a weakened one. For a growing child, deprivation and stress can become a kind of neurotoxin.
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“The best access we have of what color is and what it does to us is by studying the work of people who have studied it obsessively. Matisse is one of those people. I think it’s extremely valuable, and there’s been very limited work treating that corpus as the sort of scientific evidence that it will turn out to be.” —Bevil Conway, Neuroscientist