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Smart Woman: Controlling Dizziness

Watching a ballerina spin around and around is enough to make anyone dizzy. So, how do the dancers keep their balance? New research from the Imperial College in London shows the ballerinas may be able to suppress signals from the inner ear to the brain.

Watching a ballerina spin around and around is enough to make anyone dizzy. So, how do the dancers keep their balance? New research from the Imperial College in London shows the ballerinas may be able to suppress signals from the inner ear to the brain.

The brain adapts to training, and it adapts in areas that are important in controlling dizziness. To keep balance, ballet dancers minimize head movements, by focusing their eyes on one spot ahead of them as they spin.

Researchers say the brains of ballet dancers can actually adapt to years of spinning and that over time the area of the brain that deals with diziness shrinks. Researchers hope their ballet brain study could benefit the one-in-four of us who suffer from chronic dizziness at some point in our lives.


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