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Your Brain Wiring Appears to Impact Religious Belief

January 28th, 2014
Your Brain Wiring Appears to Impact Religious Belief Emerging research suggests that generalized religious belief involves cognitive activity that can be mapped to specific brain regions. Now, a new study has found that causal, directional ...

Religiosity Means Love of Neighbor If Values Line Up

January 27th, 2014
Religiosity Means Love of Neighbor If Values Line UpA tenet of Christianity is to “love thy neighbor” -- but what happens if your neighbor is different? A different race, nationality, or sexual orientation, and has dissimilar overall ...

How Spirituality Protects the Brain Against Depression

January 19th, 2014
How Spirituality Protects the Brain Against DepressionEngaging in regular meditation or another spiritual practice is linked to a thickening of the brain cortex, according to new research published in JAMA Psychiatry.  This discovery could ...

Many Parents of Autistic Kids Turning to Alternative Medicine

January 12th, 2014
Alternative Medicine Widely Used to Treat Children With Autism & Developmental DelaysA new study finds  that families often turn to complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for young children with autism and other developmental delays. Researchers at the ...

Spirituality Improves Outcomes for Teens in Rehab

November 15th, 2013
Spirituality Improves Outcomes for Teens in Rehab Emerging research finds that spirituality helps teens in treatment for substance abuse. Researchers from The University of Akron, Case Western Reserve University and Baylor University determined increased spiritual ...

Non-Religious Friends, R-rated Films May Lessen Importance of Faith in Teens

November 1st, 2013
Non-Religious Friends, R-rated Films May Lessen Importance of Faith in Teens A new study by a Baylor University researcher discovered viewing R-rated movies is associated with decreased church attendance and seems to lessen the ...

For Some, Trauma May Have Psychological Benefits

October 30th, 2013
For Some, Trauma May Have Psychological Benefits Mental and psychological trauma is traditionally viewed as tragic and unequivocally damaging. A new philosophical view of suffering shows that trauma, however terrible, may have distinct benefits. Researchers at Tel ...

Supernatural Experiences Linked to Religious Tithing

October 23rd, 2013
Supernatural Experiences Linked to Religious TithingNew research suggests that people who have had what they believe to be supernatural experiences are more likely to provide generous donations to their church. The philanthropic donations of time ...

No Link Found Between LSD, Psychedelics & Mental Health Problems

August 21st, 2013
No Link Found Between LSD, Psychedelics and Mental Health ProblemsThe use of LSD and other psychedelic drugs, such as magic mushrooms or peyote, does not increase a person's risk of developing mental health ...

Benefits of Drinking May Be Overstated for Many

July 22nd, 2013
Benefits of Drinking Probably Overstated An oft-cited statistic suggests that non-drinkers have a higher mortality risk than do moderate drinkers. But researchers also acknowledge that consumption of more alcohol increases the ...
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