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How Things You Do Change Your Brain

Ever wonder how ballet dancers can spin and spin and spin, but never seem to get dizzy? Neuroplasticity, that’s how! Anthony explains how it works, and how you can use your brain in the same way.

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Ballet dancers’ brains adapt to stop them feeling dizzy

“Scientists have discovered differences in the brain structure of ballet dancers that may help them avoid feeling dizzy when they perform pirouettes.”

The Neuroanatomical Correlates of Training-Related Perceptuo-Re?ex Uncoupling
in Dancers

“Sensory input evokes low-order re?exes and higher-order perceptual
responses.”

Changes in London taxi drivers’ brains driven by acquiring ‘the Knowledge’, study shows

“Acquiring ‘the Knowledge’ – the complex layout of central London’s 25 000 streets and thousands of places of interest – causes structural changes in the brain and changes to memory in the capital’s taxi drivers, new research funded by the Wellcome Trust has shown.”

Increased Cortical Thickness in Sports Experts: A Comparison of Diving Players with the Controls

“Sports experts represent a population of people who have acquired expertise in sports training and competition.”
THE PLASTIC HUMAN BRAIN CORTEX

“Plasticity is an intrinsic property of the human brain and represents evolution’s invention to enable the nervous system to escape the restrictions of its own genome and thus adapt to environmental pressures, physiologic changes, and experiences.”

Strength increases from the motor program: comparison of training with maximal voluntary and imagined muscle contractions

“This study addressed potential neural mechanisms of the strength increase that occur before muscle hypertrophy. In particular we examined whether such strength increases may result from training-induced changes in voluntary motor programs.”

Modulation of muscle responses evoked by transcranial magnetic stimulation during the acquisition of new fine motor skills

“We used transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study the role of plastic changes of the human motor system in the acquisition of new fine motor skills.”

Cache Cab: Taxi Drivers’ Brains Grow to Navigate London’s Streets

“Manhattan’s midtown streets are arranged in a user-friendly grid. In Paris 20 administrative districts, or arrondissements, form a clockwise spiral around the Seine.”

The Brain: How The Brain Rewires Itself



“It was a fairly modest experiment, as these things go, with volunteers trooping into the lab at Harvard Medical School to learn and practice a little five-finger piano exercise.”

Do Musicians Have Different Brains?

“In the last twenty years, brain imaging studies have revealed that musical training has dramatic effects on the brain. Increases in gray matter (size and number of nerve cells) are seen, for example, in the auditory, motor, and visual spatial areas of the cerebral cortex of musicians.”

Cocaine Use Leads to Rapid Growth of New Mouse Brain Structures

“Mice given cocaine showed rapid growth in new brain structures associated with learning and memory, according to a research team from the Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at UC San Francisco.”

Musicians’ Brains Highly Developed

“New research shows that musicians’ brains are highly developed in a way that makes the musicians alert, interested in learning, disposed to see the whole picture, calm, and playful.”

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