Alexander Schoemann
Psychology Building Room 216 
Psychology Building Room 216 
Psychology Building Room 216 
Psychology Building Room 216 
Courtney Soderberg
Psychology Building Room 216 
January 27, 2016

Poverty linked to childhood depression, changes in brain connectivity

Conditions associated with poverty appear to interfere with how key brain regions connect and increase depression risk in children

Many negative consequences are linked to growing up poor, and researchers at Washington University St. Louis have identified one more: altered brain connectivity.

Analyzing brain scans of 105 children ages 7 to 12, the researchers found that key structures in the brain are connected differently in poor children than in kids raised in more affluent settings. In particular, the brain’s hippocampus — a structure key to learning, memory and regulation of stress — and the amygdala — which is linked to stress and emotion — connect to other areas of the brain differently in poor children than in kids whose families had higher incomes.

November 24, 2015

AAAS taps three Washington University faculty as 2015 fellows

Piston, Sakiyama-Elbert and Zacks named to world’s largest scientific society

Jeffrey M. Zacks

Zacks, professor of psychological and brain sciences in Arts & Sciences and of radiology in the School of Medicine, is being honored for distinguished contributions to the field of psychology, particularly understanding the neural and cognitive underpinnings of event cognition and mental imagery.