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February 11, 2016

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February 11, 2016

We Trust in Those Who Believe in God, Study Finds

Jan. 5, 2016 — It's political season and there's one thing you're sure to hear a lot about from candidates vying for support -- religion. Talking directly or subtly about religion has become part of ... read more

Dec. 3, 2015 — Are all scientists atheists? Do they believe religion and science can co-exist? These questions and others were addressed in the first worldwide survey of how scientists view ... read more

Nov. 5, 2015 — Children from religious families are less likely to share with others than were children from non-religious families, a new study suggests. A religious upbringing is also associated with more ... read more

Mindfulness Training Helps Patients With Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Nov. 5, 2015 — Training in meditation and other mindfulness-based techniques brings lasting improvements in mental health and quality of life for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), according to a ... read more

Middle Schoolers May Benefit Academically from Extracurricular Activities

Oct. 22, 2015 — Activities outside the classroom -- especially community engagement and sports -- may help low-income, urban youth academically as they transition into middle school, according to a new ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — It's not uncommon for people to have extraordinary dreams or visions in the final weeks of their lives. Accounts of pre-death visions span recorded history, but have been absent from the ... read more

Oct. 20, 2015 — People with a high degree of attention to their present thoughts and feelings -- 'dispositional mindfulness' -- are less likely to be obese than people with a low degree of dispositional ... read more

Describing the Indescribable: Underlying Features of Reported Mystical Experiences

Oct. 15, 2015 — Mystical experiences are frequently labeled as indescribable or ineffable. However, new research suggests that when prompted, people who have had a mystical, spiritual or religious experience can ... read more

'A Bleak Landscape of Pain and Fruitless Struggle': The Suffering of African Refugees With Psychosis

Oct. 15, 2015 — With Europe’s migrant crisis showing no sign of ending, ground-breaking new research explores the harrowing experiences of refugees diagnosed with ... read more

Belief in God and Prejudice Reduced by Directing Magnetic Energy Into the Brain

Oct. 14, 2015 — New research has revealed for the first time that both belief in God and prejudice towards immigrants can be reduced by directing magnetic energy into the ... read more

Relaxation Response-Based Program May Reduce Participants' Future Use of Health Services

Oct. 13, 2015 — A new study finds that individuals participating in a relaxation-response-focused training program used fewer health care services in the year after their participation than in the preceding ... read more

Chore or Stress Reliever: Study Suggests That Washing Dishes Decreases Stress

Oct. 1, 2015 — Mindfully washing dishes calms the mind and decreases stress, a new study shows. The study looked at whether washing dishes could be used as an informal contemplative practice that promotes a ... read more

Negative Spiritual Beliefs Associated With More Pain and Worse Physical, Mental Health

Sep. 23, 2015 — Individuals who blame karma for their poor health have more pain and worse physical and mental health, according to a new study. Targeted interventions to counteract negative spiritual beliefs could ... read more

Sep. 22, 2015 — People with a certain type of gene are more deeply affected by their life experiences, a new study has revealed. The findings challenge traditional thinking about depression, showing what might be ... read more

Adolescent Painkiller Abuse a Big Problem for Small Towns, Rural Areas

Sep. 17, 2015 — Adolescents who live in rural areas and small towns and cities are more likely to abuse prescription painkillers than adolescents who live in large urban areas, according to ... read more

A Better Look at Religion's Influence on Political Attitudes

Sep. 15, 2015 — Political scientists have developed a new strategy for measuring how Biblical interpretation influences people's political behavior. A better strategy for measuring religious beliefs will mean ... read more

Mindfulness May Make Memories Less Accurate

Sep. 9, 2015 — Mindfulness meditation is associated with all sorts of benefits to mental and physical well-being, but a new study suggests that it may also come with a particular downside for memory. The findings ... read more

How the Mind Sharpens the Senses

Aug. 27, 2015 — A study conducted with experienced scholars of Zen-Meditation shows that mental focusing can induce learning mechanisms, similar to physical training. Researchers discovered this phenomenon during a ... read more

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

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