Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Phys Ed: Can Exercise Make Kids Smarter?

A recent "Well" blog posting from New York Times Blogger, Gretchen Reynolds ask, Can exercise make kids smarter?

In her blog she suggests that researchers showed that fit children had significantly larger basal ganglia, a key part of the brain that aids in maintaining attention and “executive control,” or the ability to coordinate actions and thoughts crisply.

The study groups consisted of children of similar socioeconomic backgrounds, body mass index and other variables. Since the research and control groups were similar the researchers concluded that being fit had enlarged that portion of their brains.

Link to the Well Blog posting.

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