Berkeley researchers have found that some, but not all, low-income children had brain functionality associated with damage to the frontal lobe. From this, the research director concluded this to be a result of less reading, less gaming, and less visits to museums.

I didn’t realize that many poor children play less than other children, but it must be true because a researcher said so.

The treatment: more games. They are collaborating with Berkeley neuroscientists to use games to improve the prefrontal cortex function, and thus the reasoning ability, of school-age children.

Staving off the effects of brain damage on impoverished children through the use of games? Maybe we could try, I don’t know, reducing poverty?

(source, hat tip)