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Poor children and teenagers have demonstrably worse memories than their middle-class counterparts.

Researchers from Cornell University tested 195 poor and middle-class white 9- to 13 year-olds and discovered that there was a direct link between poverty, high blood pressure and stress hormones, which they theorize can damage the part of the brain controlling the working memory

They then tested 17-year-olds, and found that the poor teens had about a 10 percent worse functional memory than teenagers from middle-class families.

The study didn't offer any easy solutions for the inequity, but providing affluent children with easy access to marijuana is presumably one way to close the gap.

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