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Spiritual Retreats Change Feel-Good Chemical Systems in the Brain; May Prime for Spiritual Experiences

More Americans than ever are turning to spiritual, meditative and religious retreats as a way to reset their daily life and enhance wellbeing. Now, researchers at The Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Thomas Jefferson University show there are changes in the dopamine and serotonin systems in the brains of retreat participants. The team published their results in Religion, Brain & Behavior.

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Florida State Religion Professor Earns Prestigious Fellowship

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A Florida State University researcher has been awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies — the preeminent representative organization for American scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

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Research Reveals Students in More Religious Countries Perform Worse in Science and Mathematics

The more religious people are, the lower children in that country perform in science and mathematics, according to new research at Leeds Beckett University.

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Spiritual Struggles and Mental Health

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Phrases like “spiritual struggle” and “experiential avoidance” might not typically be heard in everyday conversation, but a short chat with Bowling Green State University psychology professor Dr. Kenneth Pargament and alumna Dr. Carmen Oemig Dworsky explains why they should be. And why they are important concepts for college students to understand.

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Historian Uncovers Untold Story of Early Defense Contractor, Methodist Leader

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West Virginia University religious studies professor Jane Donovan’s book, “Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American” is the untold story of an immigrant who transformed American Methodism from a religious movement to a denomination while transitioning American industry into a global economic power.

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Religion, Extremism Experts Able to Comment on Spike in Anti-Semitic Incidents, Hate Group Activity Across North America

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Wave of Violence Against Jewish Communities Is Massive, Sudden and New

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Researchers Find Neurological Link Between Religious Experiences and Epilepsy

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A relationship between epilepsy and heightened religious experiences has been recognized since at least the 19th century. In a recent study, researchers from the University of Missouri found a neurological relationship exists between religiosity— a disposition for spiritual experience and religious activity—and epilepsy. This finding sheds light on the connection between religion and neuropsychological processes within the human brain.

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Business Professor Shares Insights Into Islamic Finance

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Jeffrey Chow, assistant professor of business at Buffalo Sate, can speak to his research into Islamic finance and how its moral code guides business decisions. It's not limited to Muslims and is growing worldwide.

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Proper Movements in Muslim Prayer Ritual Can Reduce Lower Back Pain

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Five times a day, roughly 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide, bow, kneel, and place their foreheads to the ground in the direction of the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, as part of the Islamic prayer ritual, the Salat. The ritual is one of the five obligatory elements of the faith set forth by the holy book, the Qur’an. According to research at Binghamton University, State University of New York, the complex physical movements of the ritual can reduce lower back pain if performed regularly and properly.







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