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Where Religious Belief And Disbelief Meet

29/01/2014 10:29
While the human brain responds very differently to religious and nonreligious propositions, the process of believing or disbelieving a statement, whether religious or not, seems to be governed by the same areas in the brain. [Read more] ...  

Analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, study shows

29/01/2014 10:28
A new study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers. The study finds that thinking analytically increases disbelief among believers and skeptics alike, shedding important new light on the psychology of religious belief. [Read more] ...  

'Belief in science' increases in stressful situations

29/01/2014 10:26
A faith in the explanatory and revealing power of science increases in the face of stress or anxiety, a study by psychologists suggests. The researchers argue that a 'belief in science' may help non-religious people deal with adversity by offering comfort and reassurance, as has been reported...

Death anxiety increases atheists' unconscious belief in God

29/01/2014 10:17
When non-religious people think about their own death they become more consciously skeptical about religion, but unconsciously grow more receptive to religious belief, new research suggests. New University of Otago research suggests that when non-religious people think about their own death they...

Religious beliefs impact levels of worry

29/01/2014 10:15
Researchers at Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital have found that those who believe in a benevolent God tend to worry less and be more tolerant of life's uncertainties than those who believe in an indifferent or punishing God. The paper, recently published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology,...

Selective brain damage modulates human spirituality, research reveals

29/01/2014 10:14
New research provides fascinating insight into brain changes that might underlie alterations in spiritual and religious attitudes. The study, published by Cell Press in the February 11 issue of the journal Neuron, explores the neural basis of spirituality by studying patients before and after...

Distinct 'God spot' in the brain does not exist, study shows

29/01/2014 10:12
Scientists have speculated that the human brain features a "God spot," one distinct area of the brain responsible for spirituality. Now, researchers have completed research that indicates spirituality is a complex phenomenon, and multiple areas of the brain are responsible for the many aspects of...

More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are 'spiritual', study finds

29/01/2014 10:11
More than 20 percent of atheist scientists are spiritual, according to new research from Rice University. Though the general public marries spirituality and religion, the study found that spirituality is a separate idea -- one that more closely aligns with scientific discovery -- for "spiritual...

Religious, spiritual support benefits men and women facing chronic illness, study finds

29/01/2014 10:10
Individuals who practice religion and spirituality report better physical and mental health than those who do not. To better understand this relationship and how spirituality/religion can be used for coping with significant health issues, researchers are examining what aspects of religion are...

Spirituality correlates to better mental health regardless of religion, say researchers

29/01/2014 10:08
Despite differences in rituals and beliefs among the world's major religions, spirituality often enhances health regardless of a person's faith, according to researchers. The researchers believe that health care providers could take advantage of this correlation between health – particularly mental...
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