Religion accelerates brain shrinkage?Submitted by Bob-45 on Mon, 05/23/2011 - 08:45
[I can hardly wait for the comments on this one.]
Religion may affect brain changes
Leesha Mckenny Religious Affairs
May 23, 2011
FAITH can open your mind but it can also cause your brain to shrink at a different rate, research suggests.
Researchers at Duke University Medical Centre in the US claim to have discovered a correlation between religious practices and changes in the brains of older adults.
The study, published in the open-access science journal, Public Library of Science ONE, asked 268 people aged 58 to 84 about their religious group, spiritual practices and life-changing religious experiences. Changes in the volume of their hippocampus, the region of the brain associated with learning and memory, were tracked using MRI scans, over two to eight years.