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Brain Differences Found Between Believers In God And Non-believers

29/01/2014 11:02
Believing in God can help block anxiety and minimize stress, according to new research that shows distinct brain differences between believers and non-believers. In two studies led by Assistant Psychology Professor Michael Inzlicht, participants performed a Stroop task – a well-known test of...

Believers' inferences about God's beliefs are uniquely egocentric

29/01/2014 11:01
Religious people tend to use their own beliefs as a guide in thinking about what God believes, but are less constrained when reasoning about other people's beliefs, according to a new study. Nicholas Epley, professor of behavioral science at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business, led...

Belief in God cuts two ways, study finds

29/01/2014 10:59
Being reminded of the concept of God can decrease people's motivation to pursue personal goals but can help them resist temptation, according to new research. "More than 90 percent of people in the world agree that God or a similar spiritual power exists or may exist," said the study's lead author,...

Divine intervention? New research looks at beliefs about God's influence in everyday life

29/01/2014 10:58
Most Americans believe God is concerned with their personal well-being and is directly involved in their personal affairs, according to new research. Using data from two recent national surveys of Americans, UofT Sociology Professor Scott Schieman examined peoples' beliefs about God's involvement...

Intuitive thinking may influence belief in God

29/01/2014 10:56
Intuition may lead people toward a belief in the divine and help explain why some people have more faith in God than others, according to new research. In a series of studies, researchers at Harvard University found that people with a more intuitive thinking style tend to have stronger beliefs in...

Brain study shows that thinking about God reduces distress -- but only for believers

29/01/2014 10:53
Thinking about God may make you less upset about making errors, according to a new study. The researchers measured brain waves for a particular kind of distress-response while participants made mistakes on a test. Those who had been prepared with religious thoughts had a less prominent response to...

Religion helps us gain self-control, study suggests

29/01/2014 10:52
Thinking about religion gives people more self-control on later, unrelated tasks, according to results from a series of recent studies. "After unscrambling sentences containing religiously oriented words, participants in our studies exercised significantly more self-control," says psychology...

Morality research sheds light on the origins of religion

29/01/2014 10:50
The details surrounding the emergence and evolution of religion have not been clearly established and remain a source of much debate among scholars. Now, a new article brings a new understanding to this long-standing discussion by exploring the fascinating link between morality and religion. [Read...

Losing your religion may be unhealthy, research suggests

29/01/2014 10:49
People who leave strict religious groups are more likely to say their health is worse than members who remain in the group, according to new research. The percentage of people who left a strict religious group and reported they were in excellent health was about half that of people who stayed in...

Increased life expectancy discourages religious participation, research finds

29/01/2014 10:47
Churches will continue to attract older congregations as increasing life expectancy encourages people to put off involvement in religion, according to new research. The study, by Dr Elissaios Papyrakis at the University of East Anglia and Dr Geethanjali Selvaretnam from the University of St Andrews...
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