Check out this excerpt from a Newsweek article to see how Ballroom Dancing can help your brain
"Can You Build a Better Brain?"
By: Sharon Begley
The quest for ways to improve our brain would be a whole lot easier if scientists understood the mechanisms of intelligence even half as well as they do the mechanisms of, say, muscular strength. If we had the neuronal version of how lifting weights increases strength (chemical and electrical signals increase the number of filament bundles inside muscle cells), we'd be good to go.
The quest for effective ways to boost cognitive capacity is not hopeless, however. One of the strongest findings in neuroplasticity, the science of how the brain changes its structure and function in response to input, is that attention is almost magical in its ability to physically alter the brain and enlarge functional circuits. That might explain why skills we're already good at don't make us much smarter. We don't pay much attention to them. In contrast, taking up a new, cognitively demanding activity-ballroom dancing, a foreign language-is more likely to boost processing speed, strenghten synapses and expand or create functional networks.
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