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By Amanda Hurley, Tucson News Now intern

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now ) - Childhood poverty may have long-term effects on the brain, according to a new study from the University of Denver.

Research conducted by the study's lead author Pilyoung Kim showed that the conditions of poverty can more adversely affect a child, causing "long lasting changes in brain development." Kim worked with researchers from the University of Michigan and Cornell University and believes her study proves the damaging effects of poverty on a child.

"A child's brain is developing more rapidly so it is more sensitive to high-stress situations," Kim said. "Living in poverty at a young age can contribute to difficulties regarding emotions and other health outcomes, including mental illness and high mortality in adulthood."

Kim is the director of Family and Child Neuroscience Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Denver. 

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