Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is “BRAIN GYM”?

A. Brain Gym® movements, exercises, or activities refer to the original 26 Brain Gym movements, sometimes abbreviated as the 26. These activities recall the movements naturally done during the first years of life when learning to coordinate the eyes, ears, hands, and whole body. The twenty-six activities, along with a program for “learning through movement” were developed by educator and reading specialist Paul E. Dennison and his wife and colleague, Gail E. Dennison who say that the interdependence of movement, cognition, and applied learning is the basis of their work. Clients, teachers, and students have been reporting for over 20 years on the effectiveness of these simple activities. Even though it is not clear yet “why” these movements work so well, they often bring about dramatic improvements in areas such as:

  • Concentration and Focus
  • Memory
  • Academics: reading, writing, math, test taking
  • Physical coordination
  • Relationships
  • Self-responsibility
  • Organization skills
  • Attitude



Q. Are there any articles published about how Brain Gym works?

A. Yes, lots. Here is a sample of the published work available.

(thank you to Brain Works Global for their assistance)

Using 100% of your brain- Dr Bruce Lipton (video)

Research now validates Movement Based Learning

Importance of movement for the brain

Brain Gym®, reading and dyslexia 

Learning through movement- ADD and autism

John Hopkins School of Education- ADD/ADHD and Brain Gym

Aging population, Quality of life and cognitive fitness

Brain Gym® in addictions and metal health– building bridges in the mental community

How Brain Gym® helped me with ADHD

Brain Gym® and Early Childhood

Elder care and Brain Gym® AND go to the Move With Balance website

Brain Gym® in schools

Brain Gym® in schools

Brain Gym® and Dementia

Brain Gym® and Parkinson’s Disease

Movements role in Trauma

Brain Gym and Brain Injury

Q. What research has Brian Gym International done?

A. Brain Gym® research – download research packet-Brain Gym® International

Q. Why isn’t there more quantitative research?

A. Brain Gym® International answers this question here.

Q. Isn’t quantitative, peer-reviewed research a standard requirement for any program used in schools?

A. No. For example, there are no quantitative or peer-reviewed articles that support the idea that children learn best by being tested or being grouped by age levels, yet programs that involve testing and age grouping are standard procedure in most schools.