Stunting in Infancy Linked to Differences in Cognitive and Brain Function
[Source: Science Daily]
Children who are too short for their age can suffer reduced cognitive ability arising from differences in brain function as early as six months of age, according to new research from the University of East Anglia.
Researchers compared the ‘visual working memory’ — the memory capacity that holds visual cues for processing — in children who had stunted growth with those having typical growth.
Published today in the journal Nature Human Behavour, the study found that the visual working memory of infants with poor physical growth was disrupted, making them more easily distracted and setting the stage for poorer cognitive ability one year later.
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