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In three separate experiments of 355 individuals, the researchers found that being exposed to words related to Buddhism could “automatically activate prosociality and tolerance, in particular among people with socio-cognitive open-mindedness.”
Westerners with a Christian background also scored higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Buddhist concepts. Surprisingly, participants did not score higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Christian concepts.
“To conclude, we think that this work provides, for the first time, experimental evidence in favor of the idea that in both the East and the West, across people from both Christian and Eastern Asian religious traditions, Buddhist concepts automatically activate positive social behavioral outcomes, that is, prosociality and low prejudice, in particular among people with personal dispositions of socio-cognitive openness,” the researchers wrote.
When Westerners familiar with Buddhism read religious words like “Dharma” and “Nirvana”
Westerners with a Christian background also became more tolerant after being exposed to Buddhist concepts, though only among those with a predisposition for valuing the welfare of all people and an aversion towards authoritarianism.
Surprisingly, participants did not score higher on measures of prosociality after being exposed to Christian concepts.
originally posted by: abe froman
What a crock!
The study finds that already "opened minded" people are even more open minded after seeing words such as "Dharma" and "Nirvana".
I just conducted a study that supposes a lot of research money was misspent.
Perhaps it was the actual resonance of the words themselves that put their mindset in tune with the concept which activates higher order thinking / resonating with higher energy.
You are confusing the religious message with the preachers. Isn't that what Catholics get upset about when their religion is called out for its own pedophilia scandal?
The study says that various Buddhist themes invoke feelings of prosocialability. It doesn't say that all Buddhists are prosocial though.
originally posted by: TheSubversiveOne
A religion is the people that practice it.
I'm just a little confused how answering a little questionnaire in a study is supposed to help us arrive at this conclusion, as opposed to human activity. What should I believe here?