International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010


Neurocognitive Approaches in the Study of Child Poverty: Conceptual and Methodological Considerations

Volume 10 Num. 2 - June 2010 - Pages 205-225


Mar?a Julia Hermida , Mar?a Soledad Segretin , Sebasti?n Javier Lipina , Sol Benar?s , Jorge Augusto Colombo


Several studies carried out since the second half of the XXth century have demonstrated that poverty signifcantly infuences child cognitive and emotional development. In the last decades, several intervention programs have been implemented to optimize the development of children living in poverty. Some of them had positive effects, and also allowed the identifcation of effectiveness principles. However, such approaches have not yet been integrated conceptually and methodologically with the intervention efforts proposed by Cognitive Neuroscience. Based on examples of interventions implemented by Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, the present study analyzes some of the main aspects to be considered in such integration. Our work further evaluates several potential contributions from Cognitive Neuroscience to the design and implementation of intervention programs for children living in poverty.

Key words:

cognitive development, social vulnerability, intervention, cognitive neuroscience

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