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Study Links Physical Activity, Mental Agility
August 19, 2014

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A new study has found a link between physical activity and mental capacity in children.

The study, published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, found an increase in white matter in children who were also more physically active than their peers.

White matter has been described as "the subway of the brain," helping to connect gray matter in different parts of the brain. More white matter conceivably means a faster transfer of signals around the brain and, consequently, more opportunities for an active brain to function more efficiently.

The lead author of the study, Laura Chaddock-Heyman, drew a clear comparison between higher amounts of physical activity and a brain that was more alert and active.

The study will run for five years in all, with subsequent testing to focus more acutely on a perceived link between higher amounts of white matter and higher cognitive abilities.

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