I
found this very interesting article online, discussing the differences in athlete’s
brains, mainly basketballs players, from individuals who are not athletes. The author
Cazares, brought out many interesting points. He
begins by stating advancements have been made in the evidence that neuroscience
has recently obtained regarding movement and behavior (Cazares, 3). The ideas
that support “that the brain drives athletic growth, by creating and
strengthening connections,”(Cazares, 3) such as the ability to learn how ride a
bike and remember years later. One important point mentioned, that the module
also stated, was that an individual’s brain can adapt as you use specific
muscles of your body more and more frequently (Cazares, 4). Neuroscientists
have found that there is more complexity to being a good basketball player than
just having a powerful throw (Cazares, 5). In order to catch any kind of ball
with your hands a person’s cerebellum plays a powerful role; there is a type of
“internal clock within the brain that modifies” an individual’s timing of an
arm and hand extension needed to catch the ball (Cazares, 6). Researchers in
South Korea used an MRI scan to scan the brains of basketball players. The
results they found were quite intriguing. There is a sub region of the
cerebellum that the researchers found had a higher volume in the basketball
players compared to the control group (Cazares, 8). This new information implies
that possibly, through practice of specific motor skills and through
acquisition brain regions can “adapt depending on how often an action is
preformed” (Cazares, 8). This information was a wonderful

 

 

 

This
article is relevant to this module, because within chapter 3 not only the topic
of brain imagining is discussed, but also brain structure and function, both which
are spoken about more specifically in this article. 

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