Neuroscientist to Discuss Socioeconomic Inequality, Brain Development

Kimberly Noble
Kimberly Noble

Kimberly Noble, associate professor of neuroscience and education Columbia University, will speak on “Socioeconomic Inequality and Children’s Brain Development” on Thursday, Oct. 12 at 1 p.m. in Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall, Room 160 East.

Noble, who is both an M.D. and Ph.D., studies how socioeconomic inequality relates to children’s cognitive and brain development from infancy through adolescence. She is particularly interested in understanding how early in infancy or toddlerhood such disparities develop; the modifiable environmental differences that account for these disparities; and the ways we might harness this research to inform the design of interventions.

Along with a multidisciplinary team from around the country, she is launching the first clinical trial of poverty reduction to assess the causal impact of income on children’s cognitive, emotional and brain development in the first three years of life, funded by NIH as well as a consortium of private founders.

The talk is the 2017 Psychological and Brain Sciences Developmental Science Initiative/CRF/ISSR Lecture, a joint colloquium with the Center for Research on Families and Institute for Social Science Research.

The event is free and open to the public.