posted on May, 25 2011 @ 03:11 PM
Originally posted by mkkkay
This is one that will get some of us mad, could this be true or some kind of new propoganda
to get to some..
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 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.
So this is new for me what do you guys think
Sorry forgot the linkwww.usatoday.com...
edit on 25-5-2011 by mkkkay because: link
I can see it being true...
I don't think I have ever met a "Born Again" that didn't seem crazy. (This is not a judement of their beliefs, but of their actions relative to my
life experience.... I find this very valid.)
Also... just an observation, but maybe it's because people who believe in religion are acting on faith, which is not a cognitive ability...
It's a mind set, that says... I belive this because I do. Where as people who are not religious in any kind of god is the only way, kind of way, have
trouble accepting things that aren't proven to them.
(Note this encompasses more than Atheists and Agnostics... This is for the people who are die hard believers, even if they are believers, more "open
minded" folks should have better brain capacity... In theory... anyway.)
If I were to say, people who followed Jim Jones probably had inferior brain functions, I might tend to assume most people would agree with that
The people who followed Jim Jones are the same people who follow jesus etc...
They are a crowd that follow on blind faith. "Blind Faith" is all the same, no matter what your faith is dedicated towards.
edit on 25-5-2011
by Laokin because: (no reason given)