Researchers prove dancing is good for your brain

RESEARCHERS PROVE DANCING IS GOOD FOR YOUR BRAIN

by Tony Phifer

Older adults often ask how they can keep their brain healthy as they age. One answer may be dance.

A research team led by Aga Burzynska, assistant professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, demonstrated for the first time that decline in the brain’s “white matter” can be detected over a period of only six months in healthy aging adults — faster than most studies have shown. A group who participated in dance classes during that time actually saw improved white matter integrity in an area of the brain related to memory and processing speed, perhaps because dance training incorporates exercise, social interaction, and learning.

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