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This Is Your Brain on God: Spiritual Experiences Activate Brain Reward Circuits

Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine. The findings will be published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience.

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moralized rationality, Morality, Rationality, Moral Judgment, Intolerance, Psychology, Emotions, Religion, Behavior, Evolutionary Theory, Interpersonal Relationships

Reliance on Reason, Evidence as a Moral Issue Measured in Study

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While some people rely more on reason and evidence than others when deciding on their beliefs, a new report suggests people can also come to see a reliance on reason and evidence as a moral issue – to see the rationality of another's beliefs as indicative of their morality.

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GW to Establish New Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership

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The George Washington University has launched a new center focused on Jewish education and professional leadership.

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Researchers Study How Religious Organizations Influence Political Efficacy in 2016 Presidential Election

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Researchers from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service are studying how politics and religion mesh in the 2016 presidential election. The nonpartisan study is led by Dr. Rebecca Glazier, UALR associate professor of political science, and Dr. Warigia Bowman, assistant professor at Clinton School of Public Service, to understand how the efforts of churches, mosques, and synagogues in Little Rock influence their communities and congregations.

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‘Under Caesar’s Sword’ Documentary Explores Christians’ Response to Persecution

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A new documentary from the University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Institute looks in-depth at how Christian communities around the world respond when their religious freedom is violated.

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White Supremacist Activity Spikes When Trump Talks Anti-Immigration: Vanderbilt Researcher

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The presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has coincided with a large spike in white supremacist activity on the Internet, with Jewish journalists targeted in particular, according to a Vanderbilt professor. “The Trump campaign has given the white nationalist movement a long-awaited opportunity to spread its message to a national audience,” said Sophie Bjork-James, who tracks white nationalist Internet groups and is a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer of anthropology at Vanderbilt University.

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New Study Highlights the Benefits of BRCA Testing for All People of Ashkenazi Jewish Descent

A new study published in the journal Genetics in Medicine, conducted by Montefiore-Einstein’s Program for Jewish Genetic Health (PJGH) and the Division of Reproductive and Medical Genetics, has found that BRCA screening should be routinely offered to all adults of Ashkenazi Jewish descent. Currently this is not the standard of care, which we found may be leading to more individuals unknowingly being at high cancer risk.

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Creighton Jesuit, Present at Congregation, Available to Speak on Election of New Jesuit Superior General

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Creighton U Experts Available to Talk About Jesuit Election of Order's New Leader.

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Gonzaga Launches Center for Public Humanities, Directed by Professor Brian Cooney

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University’s College of Arts and Sciences announces its new Center for Public Humanities, directed by Brian Cooney, professor of English. The center will focus on veterans this academic year with special guests including William D. Adams, chair of the National Endowment of the Humanities, and American novelists Tim O’Brien and Whitney Terrell.

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Study Shows How a Community’s Culture and Social Connectedness Can Increase Suicide Risk

Community characteristics play an important role in perpetuating teen suicide clusters and thwarting prevention efforts, according to a new study.

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Islamic Banking Lends Advantage to Financial Institutions

Switching from conventional ‘Western’ financial practices to Islamic banking gives distinct advantages to banks, with the change improving the liquidity and value of stocks.

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'Death Industry' in U.S. Has Ignored Growing Latino Population Too Long, Study Finds

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Death research in the United States mostly overlooks bereavement customs of those who are not Anglo-Protestants, says a Baylor University researcher. She hopes to correct that — beginning with a study of Catholic Latino communities, who often hold overnight wakes and present food to the deceased.

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Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex Presents National Geographic Sacred Journeys Oct. 1 through Dec. 31

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Each year, more than 330 million people around the world journey to sacred places to perform acts of devotion, express faith or seek enlightenment or healing. From Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, visitors to Baylor University’s Mayborn Museum Complex will learn about those pilgrimages through the exhibition National Geographic Sacred Journeys.

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Notre Dame Expert: Pope's Call for Ecological Action "Not an Optional Extra"

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Parents, Listen up: Children Keep Still During Prayer

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Preschool-aged children, and their parents, are more likely to view the physical actions of prayer (i.e., closing eyes, folding hands) to help with reflection and communicating with God. This is according to a new study by Rebekah Richert, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside. The paper, titled “Folding Your Hands Helps God Hear You: Prayer and Anthropomorphism in Parents and Children,” was published in Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion.

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Beginning Pornography Use Associated with Increase in Probability of Divorce

Beginning pornography use is associated with a substantial increase in the probability of divorce for married Americans, and this increase is especially large for women, finds a new study.

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‘Burkini’ Ban in France Misogynist, Erodes Credibility of Western Nations

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It's True: Latinos Age Slower Than Other Ethnicities

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A UCLA study is the first to show that Latinos age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups. The findings may one day help scientists understand how to slow the aging process for everyone.

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Providers Face Cultural Challenges When Evaluating Refugee Children

Numerous challenges face providers who are administering developmental screenings for refugee children, including differences in cultural and religious beliefs, language barriers, and disparate education levels, according to new research from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) published in the journal Pediatrics.







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