Today in Research: Golf Boosts Brain Matter; Allergy Season

Today in research: golfing has grey matter potential, gold is extraterrestrial, fall allergy season will be unbearable and a very clickable supercomputer headline.

  • Plenty of things will shrink your brain. Golf isn't one of them. It looks like it bulks up grey matter, in fact. A new study from brain-scanning researchers finds that a case-study of 40 to 60 year-old beginning golfers had "increases in gray matter in parts of the brain" at a 3.5 to 5 percent clip, the Journal reported, also noting that it "reaffirmed the plasticity of the mature [i.e. older] brain." [WSJ Ideas Market]
  • Different types of fiction will affect your mood accordingly. Earth-shattering stuff, right? The New Yorker points to two new studies, one showing Twilight and Harry Potter increasing empathy among undergrads and the other showing that aggressive literature breeds aggressive mentalities. "Those who read a fictional description of physical violence were more likely to punish an irritating stranger by making him or her physically uncomfortable," reported Miller-McCune. [The New YorkerThe GuardianMiller-McCune]

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