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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Spirituality: Grey matters

Human Cerebrum  (Gray's Anatomy)
Although some religions are associated with transformation via suffering, scientists are also discovering that spirituality helps to guard against depression.

Traci Pedersen of Psych Central reports that "spiritual practice is linked to a thickening of the brain cortex…"  This same "grey matter" often shows signs of thinning "in people at high risk for depression."

Dr. Lisa Miller (Director of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute at Columbia University) and her research team discovered "a 90 percent decrease in major depression in adults who placed spirituality or religiosity at high importance and whose parents suffered from depression."

This type of spiritual emphasis did not necessarily entail attendance at formal worship services.  It instead
focused upon the "personal importance" of these beliefs and practices.


Copyright January 26, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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