I know that headlines are written to the grab eyeballs. Here’s one that grabbed mine:
Being ‘Born-Again’ Linked to More Brain Atrophy: Study
That was in about 16pt. It was followed by this sub-heading–which did not get published to the feed I followed to the article:
But so was having no religious affiliation, researchers say
This was in 8pt.
The article says that both born-again people and people who are quite not religious have a physically diminished hippocampus in comparison to people who are rather lukewarm about the whole religion thing.
Among other findings?
The researchers suggested that stress over holding religious beliefs that fall outside of the mainstream may help explain the findings. [emphasis added]
Hmm. Nothing like being certain, is there?
In case we are having trouble connecting all of the links, we have this:
Shrinkage of the hippocampus is also associated with depression, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
I wonder if the association of these negative things is so well defined as the one which is the point of the primary headline?
I know my headline doesn’t have the shock factor–but I believe it to be a bit more accurate.