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Religion and psychology
As co-editor of The Psychologies in Religion: Working with the Religious Client, Dr. E. Thomas Dowd, Kent State professor of psychology, examines the psychological assumptions that lie behind different religions. (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. Now, new psychology research from New Zealand's University of Otago suggests this phenomenon -- known as 'religious homogamy' -- is partially a result of inferences about religious people's personalities. (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)

Sectarianism is problem for religious right political partnerships according to new survey at UCSD
Members of groups that comprise the (2006-05-31)

'Spiritual' young people more likely to commit crimes than 'religious' ones, Baylor study finds
Young adults who deem themselves (2013-06-12)

Young people's faith doesn't grow in a vacuum
Young people who are given a religious upbringing at home by both parents have the strongest faith in God throughout their adolescence. Distancing from and wavering in faith are also less likely among them. They are also clearly different from their peers who are given a religious upbringing by one parent only, or by neither. (2020-03-26)

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. But a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, finds that this is only true in countries that put a high value on religion. (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. Most feel that when clinical judgment conflicts with religious hospital policy, physicians should refer patients to another institution. (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. Presently, legislatures and courts are debating whether businesses can deny services to same-sex couples for reasons that are (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. She concludes that a cancer diagnosis will not make young people, who are not religious already, turn to religion. But it can confirm already existing 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. 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)

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. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Missouri found a neurological relationship exists between religiosity -- a disposition for spiritual experience and religious activity -- and epilepsy. This finding sheds light on the connection between religion and neuropsychological processes within the human brain. (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. The work replicates Ritter et al.'s 2013 results on religious and nonreligious language use on Twitter and appears in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science. (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. Eleanor Power, a Santa Fe Institute researcher, spent two years in southern India collecting evidence on religious involvement and community standing. Her observations support a theory which predicts that people will pay a price in time, money, or even physical pain to demonstrate something to others. (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? While one might think it would help sway an opinion, recent research by a Michigan State University scholar indicates that's not necessarily the case. (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. The study was conducted by Scott Clifford of the University of Houston Department of Political Science and Ben Gaskins of Lewis & Clark College. (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. Where peace and plenty are the norm, however, religious participation is lower and people are happier whether or not they are religious, the researchers found. (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. A religious upbringing also was associated with more punitive tendencies in response to anti-social behavior. (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. A study of 558 students and professionals showed the biggest difference was that religious people expressed a strong desire for interdependence with others. (2000-04-11)

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