We knew it! Short track speedskating DOES make your brain bigger. Well, parts of it, anyway.
A recent study from South Korea (natch) found that in the 16 professional short track skaters examined, the right lobe of the cerebellum (seen here chasing a knuckle dragging woman with glowing earrings) was larger and more developed than in the tested group of non-skaters.
The paper, officially titled: “Skaters’ Brains: Specialized Training of Complex Motor Skills May Induce Sports-Specific Structural Changes in Cerebellum,” hypothesized that since skaters always turn left, primarily on their right foot, the right side of the cerebellum – which controls movement and balance – develops specialized structures which account for the size difference between the skaters and controls.
Continue reading: Science Proves It: Short Track Speedskating Makes Your Brain Bigger.