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Unpredictable income may be bad for brain health!!

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    Rice farmer Rey Rodriguez looks out to the farm in Guimba, Nueva Ecija on Sept. 02, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
    Young adults who don’t earn the same amount of money from year to year, or who weather substantial pay cuts, do worse on brain health assessments in midlife compared to those with steady income, a recent study suggests.

    Researchers collected income data over 2 decades for 3,287 adults, starting in 1990 when they were 23 to 35 years old. They assessed income volatility based on how much earnings rose or fell from one year to the next, and also tallied how many times participants’ income dropped by at least 25 percent.

    People who experienced greater income volatility and more pay cuts had worse scores for processing speed and executive functioning in cognitive tests in 2010. Brain scans that year also showed reduced connective white matter and worse structural integrity for people who experienced more income volatility and pay cuts.

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