Apply it! Exercises

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Stress, Poverty, Working Memory
Jonah Lehrer
1. According to the chapter, what are the effects of social class on health outcomes? Aside from not having access to good healthcare, what are some other ways that low socioeconomic status leads to poor health?
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Consider the effects of poverty on brain development across generations, and consider the fact that America prides itself on offering equal opportunity to everyone. If you can achieve, you will be rewarded in American culture. Some argue that without intervention, the effects of stress on brain development could create a permanent underclass—people who will always be poor. Explain how this might happen.

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