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Brain power increased by juggling

12th October 2009

Researchers at Oxford University have said difficult tasks such as juggling can cause changes in the way the brain is structured.

In tests, the scientists saw a 5% increase in white matter within the brain. Dr Heidi Johansen-Berg, who led the team, said: "Future work should test whether these results reflect changes in the shape or number of nerve fibres, or growth of the insulating myelin sheath surrounding the fibres. Of course, this doesn't mean that everyone should go out and start juggling to improve their brains. We chose juggling purely as a complex new skill for people to learn."

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