22 Dec '16, 9pm

Study Shows Young Runners Have Stronger Brain Connections

Study Shows Young Runners Have Stronger Brain Connections

However, appearances may represent only a small sliver of cognitive reality. A research group at the University of Arizona has a new view. To them, running requires a surprisingly high level of cognitive skill, particularly if you are running fast or on a challenging trail. The team, which includes a neuroscientist, has recently completed the first functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) study of young, highly fit runners and non-runners of the same age. They concluded that the runners had “clear differences in resting state functional connectivity” and believe that the differences might extend to “activities that are unrelated to sports.” In other words: Running could make you smarter. “Our study suggests that high levels of aerobic exercise, like endurance running, might benefit brain function, particularly complex cognitive abilities like planning, sw...

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