London: Growth of a child`s brain is boosted by a loving family, which also helps in the kid`s mental abilities and intelligence, a study has revealed.Researchers found that children put into care have lower levels of grey and white matter – the two components of the central nervous system – than those brought up in a typical home environment.Orphans who are later adopted by foster families have normal levels of white matter, which relays messages in the brain, but less of the grey matter which contains nerve cells and governs our muscles, senses, memory, emotions and speech.Researchers said the deficit most likely down to the absence of stimulation required for normal brain development, with many children in care having been exposed to deprivation and physical and psychological neglect.But the improvement among those who were moved to foster families showed that it is possible to “catch up” in terms of white matter – which plays a key role in our learning ability and allows the brain to function properly, they said.
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