Dancing Can Make You Smarter

Use It or Lose It: Dancing Makes You Smarter, Longer.


Richard Powers


For centuries, dance manuals and other writings have lauded the health benefits of dancing, usually as physical exercise.  More recently we've seen research on further health benefits of dancing, such as stress reduction and increased serotonin level, with its sense of well-being.


Most recently we've heard of another benefit:  Frequent dancing apparently makes us smarter.


A major study added to the growing evidence that stimulating one's mind by dancing can ward off Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, much as physical exercise can keep the body fit.  Dancing also increases cognitive acuity at all ages. More...

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