Study: Reflecting on scripture has a physiologically identifiable stress dampening effect for Christians


In a recently-published study in the journal Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, researchers found evidence that reflecting on biblical scripture impacted subsequent cardiovascular stress reactivity among Christian college students. The findings provide new insights into how religious practices can influence psychophysiological processes. “I have a long-term interest in religion/spirituality and health and, in particular, trying … Read more

New psychology research highlights the value of consistency in closeness to God


Consistency in closeness to or distance from God is associated with heightened psychological well-being, according to new research published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. The findings provide evidence that the level of closeness one feels to a deity is associated with important psychological outcomes. “Some of my earlier research focused on religion … Read more