Week 4: Dancing & More

Mar 18, 2019

During this past week, I worked on the paper, collected data, and collaborated with the Alzheimer’s Association.

In working on the paper, the main focus was finishing the introduction section. In order to do so, I read more papers and started a book. Here is a summary of the week’s readings:

Walk, Stretch or Dance? Dancing May Be Best for the Brain

I learned about a study examining country dancers. The results pointed to an increased amount of white matter in the fornix of these dancers. The fornix is involved with processing speed and memory, proving that processing speed is a skill that does not have to decline dramatically with age.

How Socializing Can Keep Your Brain Healthy

This study from California reported that older women who had large social networks reduced their risk for dementia by approximately 26%. The effects of socializing daily reduced the chance of getting dementia by almost half.

Friends Make You Smart

Like the previous study, the results indicated that people who reported being lonely had “more than twice the risk” of developing dementia.

The Power of Music

I haven’t finished this book yet, but I am excited to report what I learned so far! I read about the psychological benefits of music and studied some interesting synesthesia patients. I anticipate finishing the book this coming week, so…

The findings of these readings will be incorporated into an updated version of the introduction part of my paper.

Data Collection

I am happy to say that so far with jazz, ballet, Bollywood, and now a few salsa dancers, the results indicated that dance improves attention, speed, memory, and flexibility. I am still exploring why certain skills are enhanced more than others. Additionally, I will start working the the BISV Kpop team! I don’t want to reveal anything else about the results yet…

Alzheimer’s Association

There are not enough words to say how grateful I am to be working with such a collaborative community. When I pitched my research to this organization, the level of enthusiasm was overwhelming. I am excited to say that on top of having the opportunity to speak with Congressmen Ro Khanna, there is a possibility that I will be sharing the results of this study through the association.

I also met with both of my mentors, and will use their feedback to modify my writing and data collection. My goal this coming week is to finish the introduction part of the paper and start the methodology section.

Until next week,

Anjali

3 Replies to “Week 4: Dancing & More”

  1. Ms. McLean says:

    SO excited to hear about your talk on Friday! Let me know if Ro Khanna has any comments!!

  2. Swarit Joshipura says:

    I find it awesome how you are meeting different people, from the BISV Kpop team to Ro Khanna, and attacking this issue from a broad lens! Excited to learn more!

  3. Ray L. says:

    Great to see that you have collected so much data and met up with so many different people. I cannot wait to see how your project progresses.

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