Adolecent dating research
Socioeconomic status is a measure of a person’s social and financial standing in society, and is often gauged by their parents’ education level and the overall family income.
Research has already found that your brain develops differently across adolescence depending on your socioeconomic status. It might be, for example, that being brought up in a lower income environment is more stressful or is linked to different types of nutrition, and that these in turn affect brain development, but more studies need to be conducted on this topic.
If, for example, the way in which adolescents learn is dependent on their specific pattern of brain development, then educational strategies that are based on averages will only have limited use.
Similarly, advertising campaigns for things like sexual health, if based on the studies that are averaged across participants, will work for some adolescents but not others.
In a recent paper, my colleagues and I argue that this needs to change.
The kind of relationships that adolescents have with their classmates also affects brain activity.