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August 4, 2015

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August 4, 2015

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

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

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

Voices in People's Heads More Complex Than Previously Thought

Mar. 10, 2015 — Voices in people's heads are far more varied and complex than previously thought. One of the largest and most detailed studies to date on the experience of auditory hallucinations, commonly ... read more

Stress Reduction May Reduce Fasting Glucose in Overweight and Obese Women

Mar. 6, 2015 — A treatment known as mindfulness-based stress reduction may decrease fasting glucose and improve quality of life in overweight and obese women, new research ... read more

Thinking of God Makes People Bigger Risk-Takers, Study Suggests

Feb. 26, 2015 — Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research. The findings suggest that people are willing to take these risks because they view God as providing ... read more

Biology Teachers: Understanding Faith, Teaching Evolution Not Mutually Exclusive

Feb. 25, 2015 — Discussing the relationship between science and faith, rather than avoiding the discussion, may better prepare future high school biology teachers for anticipating questions about evolution, ... read more

Meditation Can Reduce Chronic Neck Pain, Study Shows

Feb. 25, 2015 — Meditation might be an effective treatment for reducing chronic neck pain, according to research. Chronic neck pain can lead to serious comorbidities like depression. Patients with chronic neck pain ... read more

People Who Believe They Were 'Born That Way' More Inclined to Blame God for Bad Behavior

Feb. 18, 2015 — People are more likely to blame God for their bad moral behavior when they believe they were born to act that way, according to an ongoing project on spirituality and ... read more

How Mindfulness Training Affects Health

Feb. 12, 2015 — Over the past decade, there have been many encouraging findings suggesting that mindfulness training can improve a broad range of mental and physical health problems. Yet, exactly how mindfulness ... read more

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