By Stephen McCarthy, The McCarthy Project
Furthermore, if you could improve an athletes ability to problem solve with the use of creativity without a major investment of time or money, would you do it?
If we are honest with ourselves, the answer is resounding yes.
Well a recent study out of the University of North Florida has found that the simple act of climbing a tree can dramatically improve cognitive skills.
The study, led by Drs. Ross Alloway, a research associate, and Tracy Alloway, an associate professor, is the first to show that proprioceptively dynamic activities, like climbing a tree, done over a short period of time have dramatic working memory benefits. Working Memory, the active processing of information, is linked to performance in a wide variety of contexts from grades to sports.
The results of this research, recently published in Perceptual and Motor Skills, suggest working memory improvements can be made in just a couple of hours of these physical exercises. “Improving working memory can have a beneficial effect on so many areas in our life, and it’s exciting to see that proprioceptive activities can enhance it in such a short period of time,” said Tracy Alloway.
So the next time you are looking for a creative way to develop yourself or your athletes, look no further than the giant tree in your front yard, and yes, climbing a tree can improve cognitive performance.