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Stresses of Poverty may Impair Learning Ability in Young Children

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Cortisol levels in saliva tend to follow one of four patterns in people’s response to stress. Research indicates that emotional regulation, self-control and academic performance are tied to the typical pattern, in which cortisol rises in response to stress and falls again when the stressor is gone. Consistently high levels of cortisol as well as blunted responses to stress are linked with poor self-control and academic difficulty.

Cortisol levels in saliva tend to follow one of four patterns in people’s response to stress. Research indicates that emotional regulation, self-control and academic performance are tied to the typical pattern, in which cortisol rises in response to stress and falls again when the stressor is gone. Consistently high levels of cortisol as well as blunted responses to stress are linked with poor self-control and academic difficulty.
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