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 Study Reports Born-Again Christians & Catholics Smaller Brains...

Hmm. More Christian bashing? Or legitimate study? I don't trust the Templeton Foundation...


Study finds brain differences based on faith

By Yonat Shimron, Religion News ServiceUpdated 5/26/2011 7:11 PM | 814 | 37
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DURHAM, N.C. — For decades, mainline Protestants have been beset by bad news: declining numbers, aging membership, waning cultural influence.A new study from Duke University Medical Center, however, gives these Protestants one reason for cheer: they seem to have larger brains than born-again Christians, Roman Catholics and the religiously unaffiliated.

By Gary Small, UCLA School of Medicine

A study of believer's brains, based on scans such as this image of a normal brain, finds size differences among denominations and those with no religious identity.

The study, which examined the hippocampus region of the brain, found that Protestants who did not have a "born again" experience had significantly more gray matter than either those who reported a life-changing religious experience, Catholics, or unaffiliated older adults.
The study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton Foundation, included at least two MRI measurements of the hippocampus region of 268 adults between 1994 and 2005.

It found an association between participants' professed religious affiliation and the physical structure of their brain. Specifically, those identified as Protestant who did not have a religious conversion or born-again experience — more common among their evangelical brethren — had a bigger hippocampus.

Amy Owen, a psychologist who did a post-doctoral fellowship at Duke and was the main writer for the study, said she hoped others would try to reproduce the study or offer other reasons for the association.

"There may be more factors responsible for the correlation," she said of the study published on March 30 in "PLoS One," a peer-reviewed, open-access, online publication.

Participants, all 58 or older, were initially recruited for a larger study on the effects of depression in the elderly. That study is ongoing. For this study, researchers ruled out depression or lack of social support as reasons for the smaller brain size, or hippocampal atrophy.

The hippocampus is an area buried deep in the brain that helps regulate emotion and memory. Atrophy or shrinkage in this region of the brain has long been linked to mental health problems such as depression, dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

So why would born-again Protestants, Catholics and those with no religious affiliation have a smaller hippocampus?
Researchers speculate it may have something to do with the stress of belonging to a minority group. Chronic stress floods the brain with hormones that, over time, may damage the hippocampus.

Sociologists of religion, meanwhile, aren't buying it. They say the researchers' theory flies in the face of U.S. religious demographics. While it's true that evangelicals are a minority, they're a sizable one — 40% of the U.S. population, according to Gallup Polls — and not exactly a stressed-out minority, especially in the South.

"There are probably more born-again Protestants than non-born-again Protestants, and just about as many Catholics as either born-again or non-born- again Protestants," said David Roozen, sociologist of religion at Hartford Seminary.

 2011/6/5 0:34









 Re: Study Reports Born-Again Christians & Catholics Smaller Brains...

Its just as well then that the Lord uses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise:) .......brother Frank

 2011/6/5 11:00









 Re: Study Reports Born-Again Christians & Catholics Smaller Brains...


You're correct to not trust Templeton, just for one. Research them.

There are environmentally toxic reasons why this many are seeing this "shrinkage" or hippocampal atrophy.
Vector born diseases and other viruses, or the latest 'cocktail diseases' [viral, bacterial & fungal combined] - and toxic chemicals being poured into the water supplies and foods, body products such as anti-persperants, hand creams, shampoos, dish soaps etc that are all "Neuro-Toxins" are the source of this phenomena found in these last two generations - Fact!
Lyme disease alone has knocked a child's IQ down by 20 pts. /:
The last two generations are being and have been poisoned by neuro-toxic additives and 'new' pandemic diseases that specifically target the CNS. It doesn't take long to research this. Maybe start with searching "invisible illnesses" or "neuro-toxins".


CyAn, you sure do find articles that start our day with a 'kick', but I loved Frank's reply. Thanks Brother - good to see you!
Love from a no-brainer :)
http://www.sces.info/no-brainer.html


 2011/6/5 11:54









 similar Brains....EVERY NATION...because we are all made from one blood.

Odd; I just read a study that proved that African Bush Pygmy Witch-doctors, and born again Christians have similar brains....Acts..:17.

"God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. "

25" Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things".......

26. "And He has made from one blood;"

"And He has made from one blood;"

"And He has made from one blood;"

...... every nation of men ......to dwell on all the face of the earth,
and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings."

Professing themselves wise; they have become fools.

 2011/6/5 12:05









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CyAn, you sure do find articles that start our day with a 'kick', but I loved Frank's reply. Thanks Brother - good to see you! Love from a no-brainer :)



Heh, heh. I do my best! ; )


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Odd; I just read a study that proved that African Bush Pygmy Witch-doctors, and born again Christians have similar brains....Acts..:17.



Proved? I would not believe that one in the least. Sounds biased. I mean, who would even think to compare those two. And we must also remember, what the WORLD calls "Christian" necessarily aint. Today they are calling Obama a "Christian", and even Hitler.

This study here seems to focus just on the hippocampus, the area for memory. Maybe Christians just choose to forget more things so they can forgive more, thereby activating their hippocampus less. Besides all our wisdom is carried in our forebrains and they didnt bother to mention that. ; )

 2011/6/9 0:29





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