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Physical Fitness Links To Mental Fitness In New Study

June 3, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
The ancient Roman aphorism mens sana in corpore sano – a sound mind in a sound body –  continues to be proven by scientists to this day. Most recently, researchers at the University of Illinois used electroencephalography (EEG) technology to measure brain wave activity during certain mental exercises. They found that children who were more physically fit (measured by oxygen uptake during exercise) had higher amplitude waves than less-fit peers when reading normal or nonsensical sentences, indicating better reading performance and language comprehension. Brain waves also indicated that kids who were more fit processed the same information more quickly than their peers.
Mark R. Scudder et al., "The association between aerobic fitness and language processing in children: Implications for academic achievement. ", Brain and Cognition, June 03, 2014, © Elsevier B.V.
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