A new 'god' template distinguishes between religious and secular supernatural beings by exploring the attributes people associate with them. Religious figures were considered to be more helpful and more ambiguous in their abilities. Superheroes were considered to be less ambivalent. The findings suggest religious figures are psychologically attractive because people are more motivated to believe in them.
A new study reveals a link between religious attendance and better sleep quality. Researchers say religiosity could decrease some psychological distress, substance abuse and stress exposure, all of which are associated with sleep outcomes.
Men with higher levels of testosterone and DHEA in blood and saliva samples had weaker religious ties than those with lower levels of the same sex hormones, a new study reports.
A new study addresses whether religiousity is associated with lower intelligence. Researchers report religious people appear to be predisposed to rely more heavily on intuition when it comes to decision making, over reasoning. They conclude cognitive training could allow religious minded people to maintain their believes without over relying on intuition when making decisions.
New research suggests atheists may represent between 20-35 percent of the US population. Findings challenge prevailing theories that atheism is rare in the population.
A new study provides additional evidence that the tenancy for people to be drawn toward religious belief is neurologically based.