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December 8, 2019

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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

On Facebook and Twitter Your Privacy Is at Risk -- Even If You Don't Have an Account, Study Finds

New research shows that on social media, like Facebook, privacy can be at risk, even if a person doesn't have an account. Scientists demonstrated ... 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

What We Can Learn from Indigenous Land Management

First Nations peoples' world view and connection to Country provide a rich source of knowledge and innovations for better land and water management policies when Indigenous decision-making is ... read more

Music Was Form of Resistance for Women During Civil Rights Movement

'Freedom songs' were key in giving motivation and comfort to those fighting for equal rights, in addition to helping empower Black women to lead others when formal leadership positions were ... 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

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

Culturally Sensitive Conservation Approaches Needed to Protect Ethiopian Church Forests

Human disturbance reduces forest density, biomass, and richness of species in sacred church forests of northern Ethiopia, according to new ... read more

Study Calls on Feds to Invest in Local Volunteer Disaster Response, Recovery Groups

Data from 2017 Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and California natural disasters highlights key collaboration gaps and better ways to save money, time and lives in future disasters. After 2017's ... read more

Neuroimaging Shows Social Exclusion Spurs Extremism in Those Vulnerable to Radicalization

A new study used neuroimaging techniques to show that social exclusion increases the number of ideological and group values worth fighting and dying for in populations vulnerable to radicalization. ... 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

Study of Traditional Medicine Finds High Use in Sub-Saharan Africa Despite Modern Medicine

Researchers who have undertaken the first systematic review of into the use of traditional, complementary and alternative medicines (TCAM) in Sub-Saharan Africa found its use is significant and not ... read more

Addressing Research Gaps Could Help With Development of Disability-Inclusive Workplaces

Filling key gaps in the research and understanding of the treatment of people with disabilities in the workplace could help improve employee success on the job and develop more disability-inclusive ... 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

Huge Fall in Prevalence of FGM/genital Cutting Among Girls Across Africa

The prevalence of female genital mutilation/cutting among girls up to the age of 14 has fallen sharply in most regions of Africa over the past three decades, reveals a new ... read more

Who Believes in Conspiracies? New Research Offers a Theory

Conspiracy theories have been cooked up throughout history, but they are increasingly visible lately. So what draws people to them? New research suggests that people with certain personality traits ... read more

Commitment to Democratic Values Predict Climate Change Concern, Study Finds

In a new study comparing climate change attitudes across 36 countries, including the United States, commitment to democratic values is the strongest predictor of climate change concern ... read more

When God Is Your Only Friend: Religion and the Socially Disconnected

New research finds that religious people who lack friends and purpose in life turn to God to fill those voids. However, the findings do not suggest that people who are socially disconnected are more ... read more

The God of Small Things

New research suggests people who are religious gain happiness from believing there is a deeper meaning to everyday ... read more

Steep Decline in Student Belief That God Created Humans, 32-Year Australian Study Reveals

Australian university students give far more credit than the previous generation to the science of human evolution and far less to creationism or divine guidance, according to a landmark new study. ... read more

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