This is Your Brain on Religion

Researchers from the National Institute on Aging and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, analyzed data collected from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies to evaluate the flow of brain activity when religious and non-religious individuals discussed their religious beliefs.Dimitrios Kapogiannis, M.D., and colleagues determined causal pathways link brain networks related to “supernatural agents,” fear regulation, imagery and affect, all of which may be involved in cogni … [Read more...]

Study Says, “Christians Hate People Different from Them.” Except it Doesn’t

God nuts

A recent study claims, "Religiosity Means Love of Neighbor--If Values Line Up."  You'll probably be seeing more of this study since it seems like another opportunity for the secular world to prove that "those Christians" aren't all they're cracked up to be.   The problem is, the study doesn't actually say what the headlines say it does.What the study does show is that when researchers control for what they term "right wing authoritarianism"  (basically a term that means a judgmental, us-v … [Read more...]

The Science of Heartbreak

Ever wonder why breakups feel like your heart is going to burst out of your chest?   It turns out that's not far from the truth. If you need help healing a broken heart, contact the Pastoral Solutions Institute to learn more about how you can work with a faithful, professional, Catholic counselor through the Pastoral Solutions Institute's Tele-counseling Practice.  Call today at 740-266-6461 to make an appointment.      … [Read more...]

Faith Helps Clients Get More Out of Therapy

A study from the Journal of Affective Disorders found some surprising results about faith and therapy...“Patients who had higher levels of belief in God demonstrated more effects of treatment,” said the study’s lead author, David H. Rosmarin, a psychologist at McLean Hospital and director of the Center for Anxiety in New York. “They seemed to get more bang for their buck, so to speak.”One possible reason for this, he said, is that “patients who had more faith in God also had more faith in … [Read more...]

Reading with Children, Not to Them.

 New study makes suggestions for getting the most out of reading with your child."There is nothing more powerful than your voice, your tone, and the way you say the words," said Wiles. "When I was a child, my dad read to me and while that was helpful and I enjoyed it, what we are finding is that when parents read with their children instead of to them, the children are becoming more engaged and excited to read."Engaging the child means figuring out what the child is thinking and getting … [Read more...]

Researchers call Internet Trolls “Everyday sadists”

Most of the time, we try to avoid inflicting pain on others -- when we do hurt someone, we typically experience guilt, remorse, or other feelings of distress. But for some, cruelty can be pleasurable, even exciting. New research suggests that this kind of everyday sadism is real and more common than we might think.The researchers hope that these new findings will help to broaden people's view of sadism as an aspect of personality that manifests in everyday life, helping to dispel the notion that … [Read more...]

Kids from Large Families Better Socialized, Less Likely to Divorce as Adults, Studies Say.

So here's one for all the moms and dads of many who are a little worn out from all the negative comments on the playground and at the water cooler.  It turns out the Church is right, the best gift you can give to your children is a sibling. In fact, maybe several.A recent study conducted by sociologists at The Ohio State University shows that an individual child's risk of divorcing as an adult decreases by about 2% per sibling.  The researchers found a steady increase in marital stability f … [Read more...]

Is the Hook-Up Culture Over-Hyped? Absolultely Not, Study Shows.

As I mentioned,  I've been talking a lot lately about the hook-up culture among young adults. Last month, the New York Times stirred the cultural pot with their article titled, She Can Play That Game Too.  In it, the Times reported the experience of college age women who have become the sexual aggressors in the hook-up culture, often even intentionally getting themselves drunk so that they can bring themselves to play the role of sexual aggressor.A new study from the University of Portland of … [Read more...]