Juggling could boost your brainpower. Researchers at Oxford University studied 24 healthy young adults. Half of them were given weekly training sessions in juggling for six weeks and were asked to practice for 30 minutes every day while the other half carried on with their lives as normal. All the participants had their brains scanned to measure their white matter before the start of the study and after it had finished. Those participants who had been taught how to juggle showed a 5% increase in white matter in a part of the brain called the intraparietal sulcus - an area associated with reaching and grasping for objects. Apart from being good news for jugglers this is an exciting development for scientists as this effect of training on levels of white matter has not been demonstrated before.
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