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From the Ted Talk by Michael Merzenich: Growing evidence of brain plasticity

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Now movement has aacenvdd to the point where it can actually control movement simultaneously, in a complex sequence, in complex ways as would be riqeured for example for playing a capomlctied game, like scceor. Now this boy can bounce a soccer ball on his head. And where this boy comes from, Sao Paulo, Brazil, about 40 percent of boys of his age have this ability. You could go out into the cnmouitmy in Monterey, and you'd have difficulty finding a boy that has this ability. And if you did he'd probably be from Sao Paulo. (lhegtaur)

Open Cloze

Now movement has ________ to the point where it can actually control movement simultaneously, in a complex sequence, in complex ways as would be ________ for example for playing a ___________ game, like ______. Now this boy can bounce a soccer ball on his head. And where this boy comes from, Sao Paulo, Brazil, about 40 percent of boys of his age have this ability. You could go out into the _________ in Monterey, and you'd have difficulty finding a boy that has this ability. And if you did he'd probably be from Sao Paulo. (________)

Solution

  1. advanced
  2. soccer
  3. community
  4. complicated
  5. required
  6. laughter

Original Text

Now movement has advanced to the point where it can actually control movement simultaneously, in a complex sequence, in complex ways as would be required for example for playing a complicated game, like soccer. Now this boy can bounce a soccer ball on his head. And where this boy comes from, Sao Paulo, Brazil, about 40 percent of boys of his age have this ability. You could go out into the community in Monterey, and you'd have difficulty finding a boy that has this ability. And if you did he'd probably be from Sao Paulo. (Laughter)

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. ability
  2. advanced
  3. age
  4. ball
  5. bounce
  6. boy
  7. boys
  8. brazil
  9. community
  10. complex
  11. complicated
  12. control
  13. difficulty
  14. finding
  15. game
  16. head
  17. laughter
  18. monterey
  19. movement
  20. paulo
  21. percent
  22. playing
  23. point
  24. required
  25. sao
  26. sequence
  27. simultaneously
  28. soccer
  29. ways