New study says thinking about God calms your nerves and makes you less upset about making mistakes, but only if you’re a believer. Researchers at the University of Toronto Scarborough say they’ve proven that when people have God on their brain, they can better take setbacks in stride, effectively allowing stress to slide off their backs.
Those who were tested were first primed to think about religion: consciously by writing about God; and subconsciously by completing a religiously-themed word scramble. Then, the participants were given a simple, but tricky computerized test. When those studied made errors the brain activity showed less distress in those that were believers.
Study co-authors Michael Inzlicht and Alexa Tullett came to the conclusion after conducting a study of the effect of religious beliefs on reaction to anxiety-provoking mistakes. They also noticed that this pattern holds for all religious people, no matter what religion.
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