Juggling - Brandon Geick B1434849 Physio Psych 3/5/08...

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Brandon Geick B1434849 Physio Psych 3/5/08 Juggling Paper Juggling has always been a fun party trick. Some have even perfected the art and taken it to competitive levels. But no matter how or where one juggles, it has always been for recreation. However, new discoveries using brain imaging techniques have found that juggling actually increases brain power. German researchers divided 24 non-jugglers into two groups and assigned one group to practice juggling for three months. The scientists performed brain scans on the volunteers using magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, before and after they learned to juggle. As assumed, the group who did not practice juggling saw no major results in their MRI’s; however, the group that practiced for 3 months noticed an increase in two areas of the brain involved in visual and motor activity, the mid-temporal area and the posterior intraparietal sulcus (Nordqvist 2004). “Dr. Arne May of the University of Regensburg in Germany noticed an enlargement in the juggler’s cortex due to new cell growth” (Wade 2004). Even though these results are fascinating, the group lost their size increase after 3 months of no practice and the brain digressed back to its original size. This study does not shed any new light on detrimental brain illnesses just yet but it does offer a better
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