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Spirituality News
December 12, 2019

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'Mystical' Psychedelic Compound Found in Normal Brains of Rats

A study in rats has revealed the presence of naturally occurring dimethyltryptamine, a ... read more

People With a Sense of Oneness Experience Greater Life Satisfaction

People who believe in oneness -- the idea that everything in the world is connected and interdependent -- appear to have greater life satisfaction than those who don't, regardless of whether they ... read more

Messages of Stewardship Affect Christians' Attitudes About Climate Change

Christians' attitudes toward the environment and climate change are shaped by whether they hold a view of humans as having stewardship of the Earth or dominion over the planet, and reading material ... read more

Sociologists Study the Impact Religion Has on Child Development

Do children raised by religious parents have better social and psychological development than those raised in non-religious homes? In a new study, researchers found that religion can be a mixed ... read more
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Increase in Calls to US Poison Control for Natural Psychoactive Substances

A new study found there were more than 67,300 calls to US Poison Control Centers regarding exposures to natural psychoactive substances. The study looked at calls from January 2000 through December ... read more

Prayers Can Crowd out Donations for Disaster Victims

A new study finds that people who prayed for hurricane victims before donating gave less than they would have otherwise: Because those who prayed believed that prayers improved the victims' ... read more

Mind-Body Therapies Alleviate Pain in People Prescribed Opioids

A new study details the first comprehensive look across the scientific literature at the role of mind-body therapies in addressing opioid-treated pain. The researchers found that certain mind-body ... read more

Initially Threatened by Change, People Adapt to Societal Diversity Over Time

With time, people can adapt to societal diversity and actually benefit from it, according to a new study. Those in power especially set the tone for integrating people into a new ... read more

Experiences of 'Ultimate Reality' or 'God' Confer Lasting Benefits to Mental Health

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their ... read more

For Busy Medical Students, Two-Hour Meditation Study May Be as Beneficial as Longer Course

For time-crunched medical students, taking a two-hour introductory class on mindfulness may be just as beneficial for reducing stress and depression as taking an eight-week meditation course, a study ... read more

Power to the People: How Everyday Acts of Defiance Can Shape and Change Markets

Subtle, hidden and everyday acts of resistance and defiance by people with limited resources could have an impact on markets in societies where state and religion is all-powerful. These are the key ... read more

Complex Societies Gave Birth to Big Gods, Not the Other Way Around

Big data analyses by an international research team suggest that moralizing gods are rather the product than the drivers of social ... read more

Fast-Acting Psychedelic Associated With Improvements in Depression/anxiety

Researchers have discovered that use of the synthetic psychedelic 5-methocy-N,-N-dimethyltryptamine (5-MeO-DMT) appears to be associated with unintended improvements in self-reported depression and ... read more

Mindfulness Found to Improve Mental Health of Students

Mental health among university students could be improved by introducing mindfulness training. These are the findings from the first UK study to measure the efficacy of mindfulness based cognitive ... read more

Mindfulness Could Promote Positive Body Image

Making people more aware of their own internal body signals, such as heartbeat or breathing rate, could promote positive body image, according to new ... read more

The Interplay Between Relationships, Stress, and Sleep

A new study documents how the quality of a person's romantic relationship and the life stress he or she experiences at two key points in early adulthood (at age 23 and 32) are related to sleep ... read more

Mindfulness and Sleep Can Reduce Exhaustion in Entrepreneurs

When entrepreneurs are feeling exhausted but can't afford the time for adequate sleep, they may be able to replenish their energy with mindfulness exercises such as ... read more

Negative Experiences on Social Media Tied to Higher Odds of Feeling Lonely

Positive interactions on social media are not making young adults feel more connected, whereas negative experiences increase the likelihood of them reporting ... read more

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. ... read more

Meditation Adapts the Brain to Respond Better to Feedback

Researchers have discovered a link between meditation and how individuals respond to ... read more

One in Four Suicide Attempts Are Associated With Perceptual Difficulties

Researchers have revealed that one quarter of suicide attempts are associated with dysfunction in how the brain interprets basic perceptual information, such as what we see, hear and think. The ... read more

Social Isolation Linked to Higher Risk of Death

A large study links social isolation with a higher risk of death from all causes combined and heart disease for all races studied, and with increased cancer mortality in white men and ... read more

Conversion 'Therapy' Begins at Home

A new study finds that attempts by parents and religious leaders or therapists to change the sexual orientation of LGBT adolescents ('conversion therapy') contribute to multiple health and ... read more

AI Systems Shed Light on Root Cause of Religious Conflict: Humanity Is Not Naturally Violent

Artificial intelligence can help us to better understand the causes of religious violence and to potentially control it, according to new research. The study combined computer modelling and cognitive ... read more

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