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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.
Frequent religious service attendance linked with decreased mortality risk among women
Women who attended religious services more than once per week were more than 30 percent less likely to die during a 16-year-follow-up than women who never attended, according to a new study. Frequent attendees also had significantly lower risk both from cardiovascular- and cancer-related mortality.
Can you unconsciously forget an experience?
Wanting to squash not-so-great memories is human nature, but is it possible to intentionally forget a traumatic experience?
For immigrant mothers delivering 'the talk,' facts trump culture
Where a shift in cultural behaviors and beliefs typically takes three generations, new research has found that among African immigrant mothers, cultural views regarding sex are rarely passed down to their children, indicating change after a single generation.
HIV stigma influenced by perceptions of masculinity, study reveals
Whether an HIV-positive man has met cultural expectations of masculinity might impact how much stigma he experiences, according to a new study.
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, a researcher proposes an evolutionary benefit to religious participation.
New study finds nearly half of American Muslim doctors feel scrutinized on the job
In a U.S. national survey of 255 Muslim American physicians, researchers found that nearly half of respondents felt greater scrutiny at work compared to their peers. Nearly one in four said workplace religious discrimination had taken place sometimes -- or more -- often during their career. The same percentage of Muslim American physicians believe they have been passed over for career advancement due to their religion.
Religiosity diminishes conservative opposition to eco-friendly buying
Evidence has been found that religious identification and belief in a god dampen the otherwise strong negative effect that political conservatism typically has on whether people make purchasing decisions with concern for the environment in mind.
Despite increasing global legalization of physician-assisted suicide, use remains rare
Despite increasing legalization of euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) worldwide, the practice remains relatively rare and, when carried out, is primarily motivated by psychological factors such as loss of autonomy or enjoyment of life, rather than physical pain. A new comprehensive assessment of data from around the world shows that in areas where they are legal, only 0.3 to 4.6 percent of deaths result from euthanasia or PAS, with more than 70 percent of cases involving patients with cancer. The study also shows that the majority of patients requesting euthanasia or PAS are older, white and well-educated.
Egyptian women say doctors don't discourage female genital cutting, study finds
More Egyptian women are seeking the opinions of physicians on whether their daughters should undergo female genital cutting, which is illegal in the country, but they say doctors don't advise against the procedure.