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May 29, 2017

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May 29, 2017

Why More Intelligent People Tend to Be Atheistic

May 17, 2017 — The question about why more intelligent people tend to be atheistic dates back to the times of Romans and Ancient Greeks. The link between intelligence and religion can be explained if religion is ... read more

Religiosity Does Not Increase the Risk of Anorexia Nervosa

Apr. 11, 2017 — Religiosity has been associated with various forms of fasting and self-starvation for thousands of years. Many believe that extreme religiosity can be a risk factor of anorexia nervosa. However, a ... read more

Paying for Pain: What Motivates Tough Mudders and Other Weekend Warriors?

Mar. 22, 2017 — Why do people pay for experiences deliberately marketed as painful? According to a new study, consumers will pay big money for extraordinary -- even painful -- experiences to offset the physical ... read more

People's Romantic Choices Share Characteristics, but for Different Reasons

Mar. 22, 2017 — The people one dates share many similarities -- both physically and personality-wise -- a new study has ... read more

Researchers Find Neurological Link Between Religious Experiences and Epilepsy

Mar. 8, 2017 — A relationship between epilepsy and heightened religious experiences has been recognized since at least the 19th century. In a recent study, researchers found a neurological relationship exists ... read more

Religious Participation May Serve to Strengthen Social Bonds

Mar. 6, 2017 — By analyzing how peoples' religious practice correlates with their social support networks in two villages in South India, a researcher proposes an evolutionary benefit to religious ... read more

Emotions Are Cognitive, Not Innate, Researchers Conclude

Feb. 15, 2017 — Emotions are not innately programmed into our brains, but, in fact, are cognitive states resulting from the gathering of information, researchers ... read more

To Please Your Friends, Tell Them What They Already Know

Feb. 14, 2017 — We love to tell friends and family about experiences we've had and they haven't -- from exotic vacations to celebrity sightings -- but new research suggests that these stories don't ... read more

How the Brain Maintains Useful Memories

Feb. 14, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a reason why we often struggle to remember the smaller details of past ... read more

An Impulsive Cognitive Style Comes With Implications, Researchers Say

Feb. 1, 2017 — A new study finds a wide range of subtle but measurable tendencies in the thinking of people who would rather snatch a quick reward than wait for a bigger ... read more

Mindfulness Meditation Training Lowers Biomarkers of Stress Response in Anxiety Disorder

Jan. 24, 2017 — Mindfulness meditation is an increasingly popular treatment for anxiety, but testing its effectiveness in a convincing way has been difficult. Now a rigorously designed, clinical trial has found ... read more

Meditation and Music May Help Reverse Early Memory Loss in Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease

Jan. 21, 2017 — In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, scientists found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical ... read more

Religious Involvement Lessens Likelihood of Owning a Handgun

Jan. 17, 2017 — Americans who are more involved in religious congregations are less likely to own handguns, according to a new ... read more

Researchers Urge Caution Around Psilocybin Use

Dec. 30, 2016 — In a survey of almost 2,000 people who said they had had a past negative experience when taking psilocybin-containing 'magic mushrooms,' a researchers say that more than 10 percent believed ... read more

Is There Such a Thing as an Emotional Hangover? Researchers Find That There Is

Dec. 26, 2016 — Emotional experiences can induce physiological and internal brain states that persist for long periods of time after the emotional events have ended, a team of scientists has ... read more

Can You Unconsciously Forget an Experience?

Dec. 9, 2016 — Wanting to squash not-so-great memories is human nature, but is it possible to intentionally forget a traumatic ... read more

Avoiding Spiritual Struggles and Existential Questions Is Linked With Poorer Mental Health

Dec. 5, 2016 — Fear of confronting the tensions and conflicts brought on by existential concerns—the “big questions” of life—is linked with poorer mental health, including higher levels of depression, ... read more

Nov. 29, 2016 — Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report ... read more

Oct. 12, 2016 — The third annual Chapman University Survey of American Fears (2016) has been released by researchers. The survey asked respondents about 65 fears across a broad range of categories including fears ... read more

Oct. 3, 2016 — Meditation can help tame your emotions even if you're not a mindful person, suggests a new study. Psychology researchers recorded the brain activity of people looking at disturbing pictures ... read more

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