Study: Cash aid could help boost babies’ brain development

Study: Cash aid could help boost babies’ brain development

Newborn babies in the nursery of a postpartum recovery center in upstate New York on Feb. 16, 2017. Some Twin Cities mothers are part of a study of the connection between cash aid programs and babies’ brain development.

In the randomized study released Monday, two groups of mothers were given cash payments of either $333 or $20 a month.

One year into the study, infants whose families are getting the larger cash amount showed more high-frequency brain activity as measured by electroencephalograms, or EEG tests.“We know that having more of this high-frequency power has been linked to better learning and thinking […]

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