Saturday, August 7, 2010

Research at the University of Toronto reveals that thinking about god among believers reduces stress
Thinking about God reduce distress, but only in believers, while atheists are more distressed after thinking of God-related ideas, Canadian researchers say.  Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough looked at brain activity in people primed to think about God and found decreases in activity in the anterior cingulate cortex -- an area of the brain associated with regulating bodily states of arousal when things were going wrong -- such as making mistakes. However, atheists were more distressed making mistakes after thinking of God-related ideas.

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