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Study of the Week! New Brain Connections Form in Clusters During Learning:Repetitive motor learning induces coordinated formation of clustered dendritic spines in vivo

February 24, 2012
Science Daily; New Brain Connections Form in Clusters During Learning

Michael Gonzalez-Wallace writes about the Study of the Week! Study of the Week! Science Daily- New Brain Connections Form in Clusters During Learning-Repetitive motor learning induces coordinated formation of clustered dendritic spines in vivo

Study of the Week! New Brain Connections Form in Clusters During Learning-Repetitive motor learning induces coordinated formation of clustered dendritic spines in vivo-New Brain Connections Form in Clusters During Learning

Not every movement is created equal.  Crossword puzzles, Sodoku, computer games, and DVDs—there’s no end to the products touting their brain-boosting benefits. But in this multimillion-dollar business, one crucial tool has been overlooked: the enormous power of physical movement.

For the last 10 years  I have been so  intrigued about the connections of the brain and the body that I wanted to share a  post explaining the partial scientific research for my book: Super Body, Super Brain.

What hapens when you do complex movements like in SUPER BODY SUPER BRAIN? Here you go!!! click here

You know that I have been starting this weekly post called “Study of the week”. I read approximately over 200 studies weekly to stay atop of my field and keep incorporating the latest research into my program. This week I wanted to select this fascinating study that relates to movement and the development of motor neurons in the brain

The original study has been published at Nature one of the best scientific magazines.

The Article title says: Repetitive motor learning induces coordinated formation of clustered dendritic spines in vivo

I love Science Daily because it translates complicated studies into more grounded words for everyone. This is the title of their article: New Brain Connections Form in Clusters During Learning:

From Science Daily: Science Daily (Feb. 19, 2012) — New connections between brain cells emerge in clusters in the brain as animals learn to perform a new task, according to a study published in Nature on February 19 (advance online publication). Led by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, the study reveals details of how brain circuits are rewired during the formation of new motor memories click here to keep reading

Many of you have asked me “Is there any research to prove your claims?”How is the brain connected with physical exercise?” ,”I thought that the brain was for intelligence not for movement” What about muscle memory? I thought muscles moved by themselves because muscle memory not because of the brain. I get asked these questions over and over again so that is why I wanted to write about the scientific research for  Super Body, Super Brain. Everything starts with learning and accepting mentors. I found two of the top experts connecting Neuroscience and movement.  My both mentors were  John H. Martinneurobiologist and expert in the motor system and Felice Ghilardi MD, neurologist. Both of them made me fall in love with the brain at first sight.  Countless hours after , hundreds of papers and brain scans later I was able to connect what I was observing with my private clients and their phenomenal results.

“Perhaps The more you need to think during a perplex movement the more you recruit connections in the cognitive systems in the brain”  John H Martin, Neurobiologist and author of Neuroanatomy, Text and Atlas click here to see my research 

Howard Hughes Medical Institute- Spinal Cord and Movement Control

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