Why “Useless” Skills Like Juggling Are Still Worth Learning

Following on from the previous post, I came across this interesting study conducted in 2009 at Oxford, which concluded that learning to juggle leads to changes in the white matter of the brain. Dr Heidi Johansen-Berg of the Department of Clinical Neurology, University of Oxford, who led the work said: ‘We tend to think of the brain as being static, or even beginning to degenerate, once we reach adulthood,’ says  ‘In fact we find the structure of the brain is ripe for change. We’ve shown that it is possible for the brain to condition its own wiring system to operate more efficiently.’

Which proves there’s hope for us all and shows that the students we frequently see juggling on campus probably aren’t wasting their time. Pass me those three oranges will you?


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