Religion and Spirituality News

Lower Self-Control among ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Young Adults

June 14th, 2013
Lower Self-Control among ‘Spiritual but not Religious’ Young Adults  Baylor University researchers have discovered young adults who consider themselves "spiritual but not religious" are more ...

Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of ‘Fight or Flight’

May 4th, 2013
Meditation Produces Opposite Effect of 'Fight or Flight' A new study reveals that practitioners of meditation experience changes in gene expression that are the exact opposite of what occurs during the "flight ...

Belief in God Can Improve Mental Health Outcomes

April 26th, 2013
Belief in God Improves Mental Health Outcomes A new study suggests belief in God may significantly improve the outcome of those receiving short-term treatment for psychiatric illness. Researchers followed patients receiving care from ...

Moral Judgments Tend to Be Quicker and More Extreme

November 29th, 2012
Moral Judgments Tend to Be Quicker and More ExtremeMoral judgments are made more quickly and are more extreme than judgments based on practical considerations, according to new research that also found that moral judgments are more flexible. "Little ...

Spirituality and Prevention Drive Chinese Medicine

September 26th, 2012
Spirituality and Prevention Drive Chinese MedicineA comparison of Eastern and Western Medicine leaves experts befuddled. Eastern or Chinese medicine techniques have been proven to be effective yet Western medicine ...

Spirituality Linked to Better Mental Health

August 21st, 2012
Spirituality Linked to Better Mental Health Spirituality enhances health -- particularly mental health -- regardless of a person's faith, according to new research. In a new study, researchers at ...

Clergy’s Caregiving Can Lead to Health Issues

July 2nd, 2012
Clergys Caregiving Can Lead to Health IssuesA new study discovers pastors have higher-than-average rates of chronic disease and depression. Duke University researchers say their findings suggest the caregiving ...

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 ...