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#1 CaNadiAn MiCk

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 09:54 AM

OK  open the voting lines - which ISG Member has the smallest brain?

 

Golf is fun. You get to be outside. You get to test yourself. You get to try things in a beautiful setting in the company of your friends. But for every thrill of a holed birdie putt or crushed drive is the pain of a sliced shot out of bounds or yipped bogey putt. Because as all golfers know, while golf is fun most of the time, sometimes this game we all love is really, really annoying. That’s when a strong mental game comes into play.

 

But if you’re thinking about complaining because of it, think again.

 

That’s according to CNBC’s Make It blog, which unearthed a 1992 Stamford study that shows the detrimental affects complaining:

 

Complaining, or even being complained to, for 30 minutes or more can physically damage the brain.

Researchers used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and found “links between long-term stressful life experiences, long-term exposure to hormones produced during stress, and shrinking of the hippocampus,” the study’s authors wrote. (The hippocampus is the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and is also associated with learning and emotions.)

 

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 10:44 AM

I think last Saturday's round nuked at least 50% of whatever functioning brain cells I have left.


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Posted 09 May 2019 - 10:59 AM

Well I am confused by the question? What does 'small brain' mean? Somebody who only uses a small part of their brain, or something else?

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Posted 09 May 2019 - 12:10 PM

Well I am confused by the question? What does 'small brain' mean? Somebody who only uses a small part of their brain, or something else?

 

In this case it actually means small brain. Prolonged exposure to Glucocorticoids (hormone released at times of stress) can cause the dendrites (bits that connect all the brain cells together to carry messages) to shrivel. This would effect memory and recall. Interestingly small amounts of glucocorticoids, so small amount of stress, actually have the opposite effect and enhance brain function.

 

Good news that even chronic stress which occurs in adult life can be reversed after a couple of weeks away from golf (or the stress in life). Unfortunately in adolescents it is not as reversible and may cause permanent damage, therefore I'm rethinking involving my kids in golf until they are older.   


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Posted 09 May 2019 - 01:18 PM

In this case it actually means small brain. Prolonged exposure to Glucocorticoids (hormone released at times of stress) can cause the dendrites (bits that connect all the brain cells together to carry messages) to shrivel. This would effect memory and recall. Interestingly small amounts of glucocorticoids, so small amount of stress, actually have the opposite effect and enhance brain function.
 
Good news that even chronic stress which occurs in adult life can be reversed after a couple of weeks away from golf (or the stress in life). Unfortunately in adolescents it is not as reversible and may cause permanent damage, therefore I'm rethinking involving my kids in golf until they are older.

Thanks. Many of my golfing mates enjoy a steady supply of beer during a round. In fact the game was created by drunks and gamblers. It is a cruel stupid, stressful game that can lead to small brain. Glad my kids played other sports.☺
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Posted 09 May 2019 - 05:31 PM

 

OK  open the voting lines - which ISG Member has the smallest brain?

 

Golf is fun. You get to be outside. You get to test yourself. You get to try things in a beautiful setting in the company of your friends. But for every thrill of a holed birdie putt or crushed drive is the pain of a sliced shot out of bounds or yipped bogey putt. Because as all golfers know, while golf is fun most of the time, sometimes this game we all love is really, really annoying. That’s when a strong mental game comes into play.

 

But if you’re thinking about complaining because of it, think again.

 

That’s according to CNBC’s Make It blog, which unearthed a 1992 Stamford study that shows the detrimental affects complaining:

 

Complaining, or even being complained to, for 30 minutes or more can physically damage the brain.

Researchers used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and found “links between long-term stressful life experiences, long-term exposure to hormones produced during stress, and shrinking of the hippocampus,” the study’s authors wrote. (The hippocampus is the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and is also associated with learning and emotions.)

 

https://www.golf.com...plain-on-course

 

That's too much reading for me. I'll wait for the movie to come out!  :)


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Posted 09 May 2019 - 08:54 PM

Golf.  You hit some good shots and some bad shots.

Put enough good shots together and you have a good score on that hole.

Put enough good holes together and you have a good round.

 

But even the world's best have some bad shots, a lot fewer than us mere mortals, admittedly.

 

Why should any one get stressed about a few bad shots?  It's going to happen, if not today, then next time.  A day of fewer than usual bad shots will also happen, if not today then maybe next time.  Getting upset or stressed about inevitabilities is pointless.

 

As for the kids, they must learn to tolerate failure.  There will always be some failures during life, just try to minimise them and minimise the effects.  If kids do not learn to accept some failures, they will have miserable lives.  Throwing a tantrum during a pastime just shows immaturity.


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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:05 AM

Thanks. Many of my golfing mates enjoy a steady supply of beer during a round. In fact the game was created by drunks and gamblers. It is a cruel stupid, stressful game that can lead to small brain. Glad my kids played other sports.☺

 You have some very good mates.  I do appreciate that side of my ancestry.



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Posted 10 May 2019 - 08:06 AM

Golf.  You hit some good shots and some bad shots.

Put enough good shots together and you have a good score on that hole.

Put enough good holes together and you have a good round.

 

But even the world's best have some bad shots, a lot fewer than us mere mortals, admittedly.

 

Why should any one get stressed about a few bad shots?  It's going to happen, if not today, then next time.  A day of fewer than usual bad shots will also happen, if not today then maybe next time.  Getting upset or stressed about inevitabilities is pointless.

 

As for the kids, they must learn to tolerate failure.  There will always be some failures during life, just try to minimise them and minimise the effects.  If kids do not learn to accept some failures, they will have miserable lives.  Throwing a tantrum during a pastime just shows immaturity.

 

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Posted 10 May 2019 - 07:24 PM

 

OK  open the voting lines - which ISG Member has the smallest brain?

 

Golf is fun. You get to be outside. You get to test yourself. You get to try things in a beautiful setting in the company of your friends. But for every thrill of a holed birdie putt or crushed drive is the pain of a sliced shot out of bounds or yipped bogey putt. Because as all golfers know, while golf is fun most of the time, sometimes this game we all love is really, really annoying. That’s when a strong mental game comes into play.

 

But if you’re thinking about complaining because of it, think again.

 

That’s according to CNBC’s Make It blog, which unearthed a 1992 Stamford study that shows the detrimental affects complaining:

 

Complaining, or even being complained to, for 30 minutes or more can physically damage the brain.

Researchers used high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans and found “links between long-term stressful life experiences, long-term exposure to hormones produced during stress, and shrinking of the hippocampus,” the study’s authors wrote. (The hippocampus is the region of the brain involved in the formation of new memories and is also associated with learning and emotions.)

 

https://www.golf.com...plain-on-course

 

 

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 05:19 PM

Didn't need a stanford study to find this out , they could of just asked my missus , I play golf , am married and have kids - I spend my waking hours complaining - probably explains a lot - not that I'm complaining


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 09:05 PM

See, I do wonder about cause and effect... Is brain shrinkage due to golf, or was brain shrunk and therefore golf was taken up?

Complaining effect could be purely anecdotal.

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