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.

(Newser)