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Religion may affect brain changes

Posted on Monday, 23 May, 2011 | Comment icon 31 comments | News tip by: Karlis

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Researchers have discovered a correlation between religious beliefs and brain degradation in adults.

Based on a study of over 250 people aged between 58 and 84 the researchers found that those who identified themselves as born-again or who believed they'd undergone a religious experience were more likely to suffer from an increased level of atrophy in the brain than those who hadn't.

"Faith can open your mind but it can also cause your brain to shrink at a different rate, research suggests."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by Lilly on 24 May, 2011, 12:34
Exactly, that pretty much says it all. This was a flawed study undertaken with an agenda in mind. Certain religious folks will like it...scientists will not.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Ashtarel on 24 May, 2011, 15:24
Awfully short article, and leaves unexplained the pat statement that traditional Protestantism is better for your brain than any other religious inclination. Better than No Religion and better than Catholicism. And of course better than Born-Againism. Which says that Catholicism is as bad for your brain as No Religion, and Born-Againism is as bad for your brain as Catholicism, and so on. The article is too short -- so short, in fact, that a TYPO anywhere in it could alter the entire message. I say, DUH. (But maybe it's my hypocampus thingie, all shrunk to a raisin from my belief in the Whi... [More]
Comment icon #24 Posted by Taut on 31 May, 2011, 17:09
When I was six, a Southern Baptist preacher told me I was going to hell. I'm pretty sure my hippocampus shriveled at that point, and hence I have avoided all of the religious dogma that I'm capable of avoiding. The mind body connection being what it is, I can see how the endlessly negative milieu of some denominations could literally cause brain component atrophy. Insipient, subtle stress from one's belief system. I would then hold that the opposite might be true as well.
Comment icon #25 Posted by rfj1 on 3 June, 2011, 18:23
Good for you, you are well on your way to being cured of "Being Controlled". Couldn't resist this "Non" issue. r
Comment icon #26 Posted by DieChecker on 6 June, 2011, 23:01
How then to explain that the Non-Religious fall into the same "Shrunken" catagory?
Comment icon #27 Posted by markdohle on 8 June, 2011, 15:46
Comment icon #28 Posted by Emin on 10 June, 2011, 21:03
Religion does set it's limits to what an individual is willing to accept or care to understand but it is as well capable of enlightening a person on a deeper level that is unlike anything a person with no religious affiliation would be capable of understanding.
Comment icon #29 Posted by 4MinuteNile on 10 June, 2011, 21:51
Being brainwashed by religion would cause this to happen. Its true.
Comment icon #30 Posted by the L on 10 June, 2011, 22:17
I see it possible. I always wonder can our mind change things around us. Anyways I think it is auto suggest can change human thnikin and who knows...Research is not done. We will see.
Comment icon #31 Posted by Nitty on 14 September, 2011, 22:39
Another reason it should be gone.

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