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Getting pious with a little help from our friends
Friendships forged at church seem to play a major role in people's religious activities and beliefs -- even when it comes to their views about how exclusive heaven is, according to a national study by a Baylor University sociology researcher. (2012-02-01)

Traditional Amazonian drug linked to improved sense of wellbeing
A psychedelic drug traditionally used in South America improves people's general sense of wellbeing and may offer a treatment for alcoholism and depression, new research suggests. (2017-11-09)

This is your brain on God: Spiritual experiences activate brain reward circuits
Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings will be published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience. (2016-11-29)

Attitudes of American public on service denial to same-sex and interracial couples
The first national survey of public attitudes on allowing businesses to deny service to same-sex couples reveals that Americans who support service refusal do so regardless of whether the denial is for religious or nonreligious reasons. Presently, legislatures and courts are debating whether businesses can deny services to same-sex couples for reasons that are (2017-12-20)

Are the late Stephen Hawking's religious beliefs typical of U.K. scientists?
The late Stephen Hawking famously didn't believe in God. Neither does the renowned Richard Dawkins. But is that typical for U.K. scientists? (2018-12-19)

Where you live is more influential than where you worship in shaping racial attitudes
Whites in multiracial congregations have more diverse friendship networks and are more comfortable with minorities -- but that is more because of the impact of neighbors and friends of other races than due to congregations' influence, a Baylor University study has found. (2018-04-23)

Religious devotion as predictor of behavior
'Religious Devotion and Extrinsic Religiosity Affect In-group Altruism and Out-group Hostility Oppositely in Rural Jamaica,' suggests that a sincere belief in God -- religious devotion -- is unrelated to feelings of prejudice. Rather, Lynch's research finds that those whose religious beliefs are extrinsic -- who use religion as a way to achieve non-religious goals such as attaining status or joining a social group -- and who regularly attend religious services are more likely to hold hostile attitudes toward outsiders. (2017-05-24)

Why are minorities underrepresented in genetic cancer studies?
Socio-cultural and clinical factors as well as healthcare processes were important drivers of a woman's willingness to provide saliva specimens for future cancer research. This is according to Vanessa B. Sheppard of Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Medicine, lead author of a study in Springer's Journal of Cancer Survivorship. (2017-11-16)

Support for right to deny service to same-sex couples is fueled not only by religion
Americans are evenly divided on whether a business should be able to deny service to same-sex couples, according to a study by Indiana University Bloomington sociologists. It is the first national survey to use an experimental approach to examine views on refusing service to sexual minorities. (2017-12-20)

Racism linked to uptake of smoking in young people
Adolescents who have experienced some form of racism between the ages of 11 and 23 are more likely to take up smoking than those who have not, according to a new study led by King's College London. (2018-01-24)

Community factors and social connection may determine whether sexual minority parents view their community as tolerant versus supportive
A new Family Relations study has found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) parents feel more positive about where they live when that place is more legally, politically, and religiously supportive of LGB people; when there are more LGB-friendly employers; and when there are other LBG-headed households. (2017-12-20)

'European Muslims perceive the EU more positively than other Europeans'
For the first time, the Cluster of Excellence analyses the attitudes of European Muslims towards the EU - Far less sceptical than other groups such as Christians and those without religious affiliation - Reason probably lies with their relatively higher life satisfaction in their host country - Religiosity does not seem to influence the attitudes of Muslims towards the EU - Experiencing discrimination however threatens positive attitudes. (2017-10-27)

Does religion protect against suicide?
Religious participation is linked to lower suicide rates in many parts of the world, including the United States and Russia, but does not protect against the risk of suicide in sections of Europe and Asia, finds new research by a Michigan State University scholar. (2017-06-28)

Portland State study points to connection between religion and risk
Research co-authored by Portland State University finance professor Jing Zhao found that the religious beliefs of the population in counties where hedge funds are headquartered influence the riskiness of hedge fund managers' portfolios. (2018-02-06)

Women who wear Muslim garments in court are viewed as more credible witnesses
Sexual assault victims wearing the hijab or niqab are viewed more positively when testifying in court than uncovered women reveals a study. The study aimed to investigate the importance of being able to see the face to judge credibility among witnesses, along with the importance of religious garments. Contrary to expectations, they found that 'positive biases' are created when women testify in court with either the hijab or the niqab. (2019-02-01)

Evolution acceptance in children linked to aptitude, not belief
In contrast to adults, acceptance of evolution in schoolchildren in the UK is linked to their scientific aptitude rather than conflicts with belief systems, say scientists at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath. (2018-01-11)

Does more education stem political violence?
In a study released online today in Review of Educational Research, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association, three Norwegian researchers attempt to bring clarity to this question by undertaking the first systematic examination of quantitative research on this topic. (2018-10-11)

Raising a child with autism
Humans are resilient, even facing the toughest of life's challenges. How individuals and families deal with demanding and emotionally charged circumstances plays a large role in how they view and face the world and the possible outcomes of a difficult situation. There's no exception for the challenging autism spectrum disorder and how families adjust and cope with the reported stress of raising a child with autism. (2016-05-09)

Ethical business practice can flourish in nations with serious corruption problems
Ethical business practice can flourish even in countries with widespread corporate corruption problems, research shows. (2017-05-08)

Religious upbringing linked to better health and well-being during early adulthood
Participating in spiritual practices during childhood and adolescence may be a protective factor for a range of health and well-being outcomes in early adulthood, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (2018-09-14)

Some black and Latino Christians rely on religion for healing
Christians who are comparatively well-represented in the medical field, like Korean-Americans, understand the relationship between faith and health differently than those who are not, like African-Americans and Latinos. (2018-02-12)

T Austin professors discover copy of Jesus' secret revelations to his brother
The first-known original Greek copy of a heretical Christian writing describing Jesus' secret teachings to his brother James has been discovered at Oxford University by biblical scholars at The University of Texas at Austin. (2017-11-30)

Who becomes a hero? It is more than just a personality trait
We tend to think of heroes in terms of a psychological profile: brave, altruistic, strong. But a new study suggests that for at least one kind of heroism, it takes a village to save a life. (2018-03-26)

Religious beliefs alone don't motivate people to political action, study finds
A new study led by a University of Kansas researcher has found that religiosity by itself often serves as a deterrent rather than a mobilizing force for nonviolent political engagement. (2017-10-10)

The truth behind St. Patrick's Day: Celebrations did NOT originate in Boston
Gun expenditure log from 1600 and 1601 prove St. Patrick's Day celebrations began in St. Augustine, Florida and not in Boston nor New York. (2018-03-15)

Can population policy lessen future climate impacts?
Population has been seemingly left out of climate change assessments, including by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. (2018-08-16)

Perceptions of God make Democrats more conservative, Republicans more liberal in some ways
Republicans who believe that God is highly engaged with humanity are like Democrats -- more liberal -- when it comes to social and economic justice issues, according to a Baylor University study analyzing data from the Baylor Religion Survey. (2018-02-21)

Mexico well ahead of US in LGBT rights
Caroline Beer has spent her career researching comparative data between Latin American countries and the United States that often debunks false stereotypes. Her latest study showing Mexico as more progressive than the US when it comes to LGBT rights, especially in the recognition of same-sex relationships, is no exception. (2018-03-12)

AI systems shed light on root cause of religious conflict
Artificial intelligence can help us to better understand the causes of religious violence and to potentially control it, according to a new Oxford University collaboration. The study published in The Journal for Artificial Societies and Social Stimulation, combined computer modelling and cognitive psychology to create an AI system able to mimic human religiosity, allowing them to better understand the conditions, triggers and patterns for religious violence. (2018-10-30)

Hebrew U. archaeological excavations uncover Roman temple in Zippori (Sepphoris)
Ruins of a Roman temple from the second century CE have recently been unearthed in the Zippori National Park in Israel. Above the temple are foundations of a church from the Byzantine period. The excavations, which were undertaken by the Noam Shudofsky Zippori Expedition led by of Prof. Zeev Weiss of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, shed light on the multicultural society of ancient Zippori. (2008-08-11)

Recent trends of marriage in Iran
Data about marriages in Iran points to the declining number of formal (arranged) marriages in recent decades despite strong cultural and religious traditions favoring such marriages. (2018-05-16)

Assassination of political leaders connected to increase in social conflict
An increase in social conflict increases the likelihood of assassinations of political leaders, according to new research co-conducted by faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. (2018-02-20)

Why do we believe in gods? Religious belief 'not linked to intuition or rational thinking'
Religious beliefs are not linked to intuition or rational thinking, according to new research by the universities of Coventry and Oxford. (2017-11-08)

Information on reproductive health outcomes lacking in Catholic hospitals
As Catholic health care systems expand nationwide, little is known about the reproductive outcomes of their patients compared to patients in other settings, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2018-12-06)

UTSA researcher studies the impact religion has on sleep quality
Christopher Ellison, in The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Sociology, Terrence D. Hill, associate professor of sociology at the University of Arizona and Reed T. Deangelis '15 '17, a UTSA alumnus and a doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, published a study analyzing how religious practices impact sleep quality in Sleep Health: Journal of the National Sleep Foundation. (2018-06-13)

Huge congregations view racial inequality differently than others do, Baylor study shows
Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study by researchers at Baylor University and the University of Southern California. (2015-06-29)

Researchers examine social identity threat and religion in the US
When people feel targeted because of their religious identity, they can experience a psychological threat that may undermine psychological well-being and increase prejudice toward other groups, according to a new study by Penn State psychologists. (2017-11-14)

Illuminating women's role in the creation of medieval manuscripts
An international team of researchers led by the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of York have revealed direct evidence of medieval women's involvement in the production of illuminated manuscripts. Lapis lazuli in the dental calculus of a woman buried at a 12th-century German monastery suggests that she created richly illustrated religious texts. (2019-01-09)

How educators could help tackle religious segregation
Educators could be doing more to address the challenges and obstacles faced by Muslim students in modern times, a new research report published today in the Journal of Language, Identity and Education suggests. (2017-04-20)

Yale study shows weight bias is as prevalent as racial discrimination
Discrimination against overweight people is as common as racial discrimination, according to a Yale analysis. (2008-03-27)

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