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Abstract #0561

Parental Education and Childhood Brain and Behavioral Development

Sean Deoni1,2, Holly Dirks2, Jonathan O'Muircheartaigh3, and Douglas C Dean4

1CHILD Lab, Children's Hospital, Colorado, Aurora, CO, United States, 2Advanced Baby Imaging Lab, Brown University, Providence, RI, United States, 3Neuroimaging, King's College, London, London, United Kingdom, 4Waisman Lab for Brain Imaging and Behavior, University of Wisconsin Madison, Madison, WI, United States

It is well established that family socioeconomic status (SES), related to parental education level, occupation, and income, is associated with differences in offspring educational outcomes and cognitive abilities. However, while brain imaging studies in older children have revealed altered brain structure associated with SES, the influence of SES on infant and childhood brain development remain unclear. Here we investigated longitudinal trajectories of brain and cognitive development in a large cohort of typically-developing children from 2 months to 6 years of age. Results reveal diverging developmental trends associated with parental education (PE) level even when controlling for common confounds.

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