Physically Fit Children Have Enhanced Brain Powers

The researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found that children who are more fit had better language skills than their less-fit peers. These language skills were linked to brain synapses that fired with more strength and faster speed.

The study, “The Association Between Aerobic Fitness and Language Processing in Children: Implications for Academic Achievement,” was published in the June 2014 issue of the journal Brain and Cognition. Charles Hillman led the research team that also included graduate student Mark Scudder and psychology professor Kara Federmeier.

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