Science: Watching Sports Makes You Brilliant

Official and handed down by peer-reviewed journals: Sports makes you brilliant, or at least stimulates language centers in the brain that link words with action. From Science Daily: ↵
↵⇥The brain boost helps athletes and fans understanding of information about their sport, even though at the time when people are listening to this sport language they have no intention to act. ↵
↵In other words, even if you're not planning to do the activity, your brain is preparing to do the activity, and making new connections between idea and action, and thus changing the hard-wiring of the brain. The implications reach deep: Not only is the brain far more flexible than most experts believed, but sports in particular tickles language centers in a unique and particularly powerful way. ↵

↵You may take this and run with it by suggesting that in order to help you learn things faster, your boss/spouse/teachers should code things in sports language. It's not taking the garbage out daily; it's "a strength drill involving a vertical pull and 30-yard shuttle run between the couch and the garbage can." It's not an expense report for the month, but instead "a statistical analysis of financial yardage gained or lost in the first quarter (of our yearly game)." You're a genius, see? They're just not pitching it correctly. (See? Sports language? We're working your brain out and you didn't even realize it. Science!) ↵

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↵(H/T: Deuce of Davenport) ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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