Religion and Spirituality News

Study Finds No ‘God Spot’ in Brain, But Welter of Spiritual Connections

May 14th, 2012
Researcher Says There is No 'God Spot' In The BrainWhile scientists have speculated that the human brain features a “God spot,” a distinct area of the ...

Analytic Thinking Affects Religious Belief

April 29th, 2012
Analytic Thinking Affects Religious Belief  A new study finds that analytic thinking can decrease religious belief, even in devout believers. Researchers at the University of British Columbia set out to explore the fundamental ...

Yoga Offers Striking Benefits for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

April 7th, 2012
Yoga Offers Striking Benefits for Alzheimers CaregiversWhen caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s use yoga to engage in very brief, easy daily meditations, they lower levels of depression, improve cognitive functioning and reduce stress-induced cellular ...

Religious Better Able to Forgo Immediate Pleasures

April 6th, 2012
Religious Better Able to Forgo Immediate PleasuresA new study finds that religious people are better able to forgo immediate satisfaction in order to gain larger rewards in the future. The study, published online in ...

Conscious, Unconscious Beliefs Diverge as Atheists Mull Death

April 3rd, 2012
Conscious and Unconscious Beliefs Diverge as Atheists Ponder DeathAs non-religious people contemplate their own death they become more consciously firm in their non-religious beliefs, but unconsciously more receptive to religious belief, according to ...

Narcissism More Harmful to Devout Christians

March 13th, 2012
Narcissism More Harmful to Devout Christians Narcissism is more harmful to very devout people, according to a new study from Baylor University. "Devout people who are narcissistic and exercise ...

Religion Can Aid in Self-Control

January 25th, 2012
Religion Can Aid in Self-Control  Thinking about religion gives people more self-control, according to a new study from Queen's University. "After unscrambling sentences containing religiously oriented words, participants in our studies exercised significantly ...

Psychological Benefits of Religion Tied to Local Values

January 21st, 2012
Psychological Benefit from Religion Linked to Community ValuesWhile religion has been found to improve self-esteem and enhance psychological adjustment, a new study finds that these benefits are ...

Time in Church Linked to Lower Blood Pressure

December 26th, 2011
Time in Church Linked to Lower Blood PressureA new study has found that the more time a person spends in church, the lower their blood pressure. It's not clear whether strength of religious beliefs is connected ...

Ethnic, Civic Nationalism Differ In Critical Ways

December 12th, 2011
Ethnic, Civic Nationalism Differ In Critical WaysExperts have known that feeling good about your country is associated with feeling good about your own life. However, the issue becomes a little ...