A team of Oxford scientists has discovered that juggling can increase your brain power.

In a recent study volunteers learnt to juggle from scratch and researchers noted a 5% increase in white matter in their brains over 6 weeks.

White matter is the communication network of the brain, whereas grey matter is the storage area. This is the first time any sort of training has been shown to alter white matter.

Juggling has already been shown to increase grey matter in the brain. Oxford University Juggling Club President, Rob Wooley, said that juggling has improved his dyslexia, “It helps me think about more than one thing at a time, so I can read more quickly.”

The study could have implications for the treatment of degenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis.