We love the scientific articles that come out saying that somehow our brains are enhanced because we can juggle.
A new study, reported on the Earth Times Web site, shows that juggling not only effects the brains of young people, but also the brains of those over 50 years old.
Unlike young adults, older adults who learned to juggle had increased grey matter in hippocampus and nucleus accumbens compared to controls.
As in young adults, these grey-matter changes were transient, returning to baseline after three months without practice. These results indicate that human brains retain some structural plasticity as they age.
Although the older adults did not learn to juggle as well as younger adults, those who did learn showed similar increases in grey matter in the visual motion area of their brains.
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Here’s a video of one of those older brains at work: