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Religion and psychology
As co-editor of The Psychologies in Religion: Working with the Religious Client, Dr. (2007-11-08)
Perceived open-mindedness explains religion-based dating
Across a number of faiths and cultures, people tend to date and marry others who share their religious beliefs. (2015-03-25)
Web searches for religious topics on the rise
Religion is not just for churches, synagogues or mosques anymore -- it's a topic that is being actively searched for online, according to researchers at Penn State. (2009-12-07)
Religious coping may affect couples dealing with type 2 diabetes
A new study indicates that spousal engagement in shared glycemic control activities -- such as planning a healthy diet -- may help patients with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugar levels. (2017-06-07)
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)
Are religious people better adjusted psychologically?
Psychological research has found that religious people feel great about themselves, with a tendency toward higher social self-esteem and better psychological adjustment than non-believers. (2012-01-19)
Death anxiety increases atheists' unconscious belief in God
When non-religious people think about their own death they become more consciously skeptical about religion, but unconsciously grow more receptive to religious belief, new University of Otago research suggests. (2012-04-01)
Religious differences, peace co-existed in ancient city
Religious groups in the ancient Roman city of Caesarea Maritima (between the modern-day cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa) lived together peacefully and co-operatively, not just competitively, according to a professor at the University of Toronto. (1999-12-12)
Religion continues to impact voter decision, MU study finds
Church attendance in western democracies has declined; yet, a new University of Missouri study shows religious beliefs still influence people at the polls. (2011-04-21)
Primary care physicians nationwide face clinical ethical conflicts with religious hospitals
Nearly 1 in 10 primary care physicians has experienced a conflict with a religiously-affiliated hospital or practice over religious policies for patient care. (2010-04-09)
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. (2017-12-20)
A cancer diagnosis does not make young people religious
A sociologist of religion from the University of Copenhagen has interviewed 21 young patients diagnosed with a life-threatening cancer about their religious beliefs. (2012-10-18)
Parents, religion guard against college drinking
Religious college students report less alcohol use than their classmates -- and the reason may have to do with how their parents handle stress, according to new research by a Michigan State University scholar. (2013-03-05)
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)
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. (2017-05-24)
Researchers find neurological link between religious experiences and epilepsy
A relationship between epilepsy and heightened religious experiences has been recognized since at least the 19th century. (2017-03-08)
Palin, religion, the 2008 election
UAB political communication professor's study examines the (2008-09-09)
Religious affiliation impacts language use on Facebook
A study of 12,815 US and UK Facebook users finds use of positive emotion and social words is associated with religious affiliation whereas use of negative emotion and cognitive processes is more common for those who are not religious than those who are religious. (2017-08-22)
Study: Generation X more loyal to religion
New research has revealed that Gen-Xers are surprisingly loyal to their faith -- a finding that suggests the rising nonreligious tide in the United States may be leveling off. (2010-08-26)
Religious participation may serve to strengthen social bonds
By analyzing how peoples' religious practice correlates with their social support networks in two villages in South India, Eleanor Power of the Santa Fe Institute proposes an evolutionary benefit to religious participation. (2017-03-06)
New research on Christian school graduates yields surprising results
In the first study of its kind on K-12 Christian education in North America, University of Notre Dame sociologist David Sikkink, in partnership with Cardus -- a public policy think tank --- found that while Protestant Christian school graduates show uncommon commitment to their families and churches, donate more money than graduates of other schools, and divorce less, they also have lower incomes, less education, and are less engaged in politics than their Catholic and non-religious private school peers. (2011-05-25)
Religious actions convey pro-social intent, finds study
A new study suggests that people who participate in regular religious acts send a clear signal to others that they're ready and willing to contribute to their communities. (2016-08-22)
The God of small things
New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday events. (2018-08-29)
Religious rhetoric not helpful in anti-alcohol messages
Does including a religious message in a public service announcement warning of the dangers of alcohol use make a difference to the viewer, especially if that person lives in a Middle Eastern country in which the predominate religion is Muslim? (2016-04-19)
Physician approaches to patient spirituality vary according to doctors' religious characteristics
Although 45 percent of physicians do not inquire about religious belief, 55 percent do; 10 percent of them do so (2006-05-01)
Children of divorced parents more likely to switch, pull away from religions, Baylor study finds
Adults whose parents were divorced are more likely to switch religions or disassociate themselves from institutional religions altogether -- but growing up in a single-parent family does not have any effect on private religious life, including praying, according to a study by a Baylor University sociologist. (2013-03-05)
Study: We trust in those who believe in God
A new study suggests including religion in campaign speeches feeds a belief that those who are religious to some extent are trustworthy and viewed more favorably. (2016-01-05)
Study analyzes home births as a religious experience
A University of Toronto researcher has found that a majority of women - regardless of religious denomination -- felt giving birth at home allowed them to experience childbirth from a greater religious and cultural viewpoint. (1999-07-27)
Doctors' religious beliefs strongly influence end-of-life decisions
Atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to take decisions that they think will hasten the end of a very sick patient's life as doctors who are deeply religious, suggests research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics. (2010-08-25)
Researcher finds companies' religious affiliation can buffer negative reactions
While companies like Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A are at the forefront of debate over the religious rights of employers, a new study by a Grand Valley State University researcher shows religious affiliation can safeguard companies against negative reactions to store policies. (2014-08-07)
World survey links religion and happiness -- for some
There may be a few atheists in foxholes, but a new study suggests that in societies under stress, those who are religious outnumber -- and are happier than -- their nonreligious counterparts. (2011-08-08)
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)
Go to church and breathe easier
Going to church might help you breathe easier. A new study by Temple University's Joanna Maselko, Sc.D., found that religious activity may protect and maintain pulmonary health in the elderly. (2006-11-29)
Religious upbringing associated with less altruism, study finds
In a new study, children from religious families were less likely to share with others than were children from non-religious families. (2015-11-05)
Religion habit cuts anxiety in women
For many, religious activity changes between childhood and adulthood, and a new study finds this could affect one's mental health. (2008-01-01)
Religious coping may ease depression in cancer patients' spouses
Prayer and other forms of religious coping, especially in moderation, may help reduce depression among the spouses of people with lung cancer, a new study suggests. (2002-11-01)
Religious people show desire for interdependence, not weakness
The desire for independence is the key psychological difference that separates religious and non-religious people, new research suggests. (2000-04-11)
Experts address religious and sexual identities in counselor accreditation programs
In a recent scholarly exchange of ideas, experts address how the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) honors both religious diversity and sexual orientation diversity in its accrediting practices. (2016-06-09)
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