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2013-12-18 13:51:00

While residents of wealthy nations tend to have greater life satisfaction, new research shows that those living in poorer nations report having greater meaning in life. These findings, published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, suggest that meaning in life may be higher in poorer nations as a result of greater religiosity. As countries become richer, religion becomes less central to people's lives and they lose a sense of meaning in life....

2013-03-05 13:53:19

Factors other than divorce itself may play a role 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. The findings also suggest that being a child of divorced parents is not in itself as important a factor in a person's...

2012-04-30 19:39:28

UC Berkeley study finds atheists, agnostics and less religious people are more driven by compassion to be generous "Love thy neighbor" is preached from many a pulpit. But new research from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that the highly religious are less motivated by compassion when helping a stranger than are atheists, agnostics and less religious people. In three experiments, social scientists found that compassion consistently drove less religious people to be more...

2012-01-20 11:04:09

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. The researchers got their data from eDarling, a European dating site that is affiliated with eHarmony. Like eHarmony,...

2011-08-09 08:01:41

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. A paper describing the research appears in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The study analyzed data from the...

2011-08-08 12:35:17

It's pretty much a given that the more educated someone becomes, the more likely they are to question their religious beliefs, stop going to church and even abandon their faith entirely. Or is it? A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study challenges that age-old notion with findings that show education actually has a positive effect on Americans' churchgoing habits, their devotional practices, their emphasis on religion in daily life and their support for religious leaders to weigh in on the...

2011-05-02 06:37:17

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Being religious does not protect people from high blood pressure, according to a new study. In an effort to examine the relationship between religious activities and blood pressure in community-dwelling older adults, a Loyola University Health System study evaluated whether religious activity helps protect against high blood pressure. A survey of 200 residents of Maywood, Illinois determined there was no statistically substantial relationship between the majority of...

2011-04-11 15:46:41

Churches will continue to attract older congregations as increasing life expectancy encourages people to put off involvement in religion, according to new research. The study, by Dr Elissaios Papyrakis at the University of East Anglia and Dr Geethanjali Selvaretnam from the University of St Andrews in the UK, suggests that religious organisations need to do more to highlight the social and spiritual benefits of participation in religion in present day life if they are to increase congregation...

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2010-12-01 14:25:00

A new University of Michigan study finds that Americans are much more likely to exaggerate their attendance at religious services than are people in many other countries. "Americans have long been viewed as exceptionally religious compared to other nations in the developed world," said Philip Brenner, a research fellow at the U-M Institute for Social Research (ISR) and the author of the study. "But this study suggests that American religiosity may be exceptional not in terms of actual...

2010-06-22 15:25:45

Phenotypes are measurable and/or observable traits or behaviors. The heritability of an alcohol-related phenotype depends upon the social environment within which it is measured, such as urbanicity, marital status, or religiosity. A new study of the effects of religiosity on the genetic variance of problem alcohol use in males and females has found that religiosity can moderate genetic effects on problem alcohol use during adolescence but not during early adulthood. Results will be published...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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