Study: Cash Aid to Moms May Result in Smarter Babies

Money really does make the world go round…

University of Pennsylvania researchers found that giving cash aid to low-income mothers appears to help the brain development of their babies.

Researcher Martha Farah, a neuroscientist says, “This is a big scientific finding. It’s proof that just giving families more money, even a modest amount of more money leads to better brain development.”

The study found giving mothers with an average household income of $20,000 a year $333 per month was enough to observe improved brain patterns in the babies.

It’s not clear how the money improved the infants’ development, but researchers speculate it could be a better diet, improved health care, and more time for the mothers to be with their babies.

If these results hold up, they could factor into future debates on government aid.