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Guaranteed Income Is Linked to Higher Brain Activity in Infants in New Study

The findings come after the expanded U.S. child tax credit expired at the end of 2021.

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Infants in households that receive some kind of basic or guaranteed income payment may benefit on a neurological level from the support, a new study suggests. 

The study randomly divided a group of 1,000 mothers and their infants into two groups: one received $333 a month, the other $20 according to a report published Jan. 24 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that analyzed data gathered from the Baby’s First Years study. The majority of the mothers were Black or Hispanic and had an average household income of around $20,000. The larger cash gifts boosted annual income for the mothers by about 20%. After one year, neurological activity was marginally higher in the children whose families received more money, the study showed.