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August 30, 2015

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August 30, 2015

New Survey on Americans' Views on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new national survey found that fewer than one in three Americans, and 40 percent of Catholics, are aware of Pope Francis's efforts to publicize global warming as a priority issue for the ... read more

People's Spiritual Awareness Varies Throughout the Day

Aug. 23, 2015 — People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a new ... read more

High Participation in Small Church Groups Has Its Downside, Research Shows

Aug. 13, 2015 — Parishioners who participate in small groups within a religious congregation are generally more likely to be civically engaged than their fellow worshipers unless a church has high overall ... read more

How Spiritual Beliefs Relate to Cancer Patients' Physical, Mental, and Social Well-Being

Aug. 10, 2015 — Research reveals that most individuals with cancer have religious and spiritual beliefs, or derive comfort from religious and spiritual experiences. But what impact does this have on patients' ... read more

Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently Than Others Do, Study Shows

June 29, 2015 — Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social ... read more

Understanding 'Defense Cascade' May Help in Treating Victims of Trauma

June 11, 2015 — The well-known "fight or flight" response is part of the inborn series of defense/fear responses activated in reaction to threats. Understanding the steps of the defense cascade can help in ... read more

Can a Little Loving Kindness Improve Our Mental Health?

May 26, 2015 — Mindfulness - an ancient Buddhist approach to meditation - is attracting increasing attention in the 21st century as a non-invasive treatment for stress and depression. But can it improve mental ... read more

Persistent Nightmares in Childhood Could Be Linked to Psychotic Experiences in Later Adolescence

May 19, 2015 — Researchers at the University of Warwick have found a significant link between the presence of persistent nightmares in childhood and psychotic experiences in later ... read more

Instantly More Adaptive Behavior Through Meditation

May 18, 2015 — Certain meditation techniques can promote behavior to vary adaptively from moment to moment depending on current goals, rather than remaining rigid and inflexible, a new study ... read more

May 11, 2015 — It's estimated that one million people a day miss work in the United States because they're too stressed out. To help lower stress in the workplace, researchers conducted a study with staff ... read more

Video Games Can Power Up from Merely Fun to Meaningful Experiences

Apr. 15, 2015 — It may be game over for critics who claim that video games are nothing more than a fun diversion. A team of researchers suggests that many games can be meaningful entertainment experiences for ... read more

Zombie Family Values: The Walking Dead TV Program Analyzed

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers studying the first three seasons of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead found the show and its characters push family as the best hope for the end times, rather than government, science or ... read more

A Grateful Heart Is a Healthier Heart

Apr. 9, 2015 — Recognizing and giving thanks for the positive aspects of life can result in improved mental, and ultimately physical, health in patients with asymptomatic heart failure, according to new ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — The effectiveness of meditation as a therapy for mild cognitive impairment and migraine headaches is being studied by researchers, as well as its potential to reduce pain. "We're coming to ... read more

Stop Complaining About the Moral Decline of Western Society, Expert Says

Apr. 6, 2015 — Morality is not declining in the modern world. Instead, a new morality is replacing the previous one. Centered on individual self-fulfillment, and linked to administrative government, it permits ... read more

'Religiously Integrated' Psychotherapy Is Effective for Depression

Mar. 31, 2015 — For chronically ill patients with major depression, an approach to cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) that incorporates patients' religious beliefs is at least as effective as conventional CBT, ... read more

Perceived Open-Mindedness Explains Religion-Based Dating

Mar. 25, 2015 — Across a number of faiths and cultures, people tend to date and marry others who share their religious beliefs. Now, new psychology research suggests this phenomenon -- known as 'religious ... read more

Nearly 70 Percent of Evangelicals Do Not View Religion, Science as Being in Conflict

Mar. 13, 2015 — Media and popular culture might portray religion and science as being at odds, but new research suggests just the ... read more

Received Wisdom About Mental Illness Challenged by New Report

Mar. 11, 2015 — A new report challenges received wisdom about the nature of mental illness and has led to widespread media coverage and debate in the UK. Many people believe that schizophrenia is a frightening brain ... read more

Religion, Support for Birth Control Health Coverage Can Mix

Mar. 11, 2015 — Religious affiliation doesn't necessarily predict a woman’s views on reproductive health care policies like birth control coverage, a study shows. Even when it comes to policies that have ... read more

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