New Scientist Article on Juggling

Here’s an interesting article about the effect of learning a new task, in this specific case juggling, on the development of your brain. Thanks to my webmasters, Tammie and Blaine, for thinking of me and sharing!

Juggling boosts the connections between different parts of the brain by tweaking the architecture of the brain’s “white matter” – a finding that could lead to new therapies for people with brain injuries.

And my favorite excerpt:

The same transformation was seen in all the jugglers, regardless of how well they could perform. This suggests that it’s the learning process itself that is important for brain development, not how good you are.

I can remember as a kid trying to learn the more technical patterns (before I realized that people just want to laugh and be entertained!).  At times I could really feel myself stretching mentally to try to make the objects in front of me actually do what I could visualize them doing in my head.  I think my parents could see this too, from their constant support of juggling as a constructive hobby growing up, despite no background themselves in the sport / art.

Read the whole article in New Scientist.