Research on Anxiety and Religious Belief

POSTED: Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 8:23am

UPDATED: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 11:32am

In news from the medicine field, new research on stress relief finds believing in a higher power may help fend off anxiety.

Research from the University of Toronto found religious people reacted differently to anxiety than non-believers. Researchers measured the brain activity of a group of people while they were taking a cerebral test. Compared to non-believers the religious group showed less activity in a portion of the brain that fires up when we make a mistake or feel uncertainty.

Those with the strongest belief in a higher power had the smallest reaction to stress.

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