In this video, developmental psychologist Amanda Guyer describes the impact growing up in poverty can have on brain function and how the stress of life in poverty affects people’s lives. Understanding what parts of the brain are most sensitive to early life experience in poverty, she says, may suggest ways to create interventions to help people cope with the stress of their everyday lives.
Guyer is a UC Davis Professor of Human Development and Family Studies and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center for Poverty Research. She is also an affiliate of the Center for Mind and Brain. She was a 2014-2015 Chancellor’s Fellow.