Atheists become stressed when they have God on the brain   Leave a comment

Atheists become stressed when they have God on the brain

6 August 2010 at. 11:01 13 comments

Under pressure, it helps to think of God. But only if you are religious. For 

By: Gunver Lystbæk Vestergård

For the believers, it works relaxing to think about God. For the non-believers only makes it worse.(Photo: Colourbox)

Is stress barometer up in the red zone, it pays to seek comfort from our father in heaven. If you do well and feel confident that he exists.

If not accelerate barometer only. It based on brain wave measurements in individuals who were stressed by making mistakes in a sample.

Those who had been primed to think religious thoughts before the test – either by writing about religion or through word games – felt less anxiety when they made mistakes than those who had not been exposed to religious ideas before starting.

The idea of ​​God lowers brain activity

The researchers from the University of Toronto-Scarborough in Canada that carried out the study.

The measured brain activity in the area called the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC).

ACC include associated with the regulation of the body’s state of excitement, and it is from here the alarm sounds when you are making mistakes.

One can for example enable ACC using the Stroop test, where the subject should say what color the words ‘red’, ‘blue’, ‘green’, etc. are written with. It may be ‘red’ written in yellow.

The results of the study showed that in people who consciously or unconsciously had been influenced to think of God, decreased brain activity in the ACC during the test.

Atheist The gudetanker stress

Surprisingly, the researchers responded atheists opposite during the trial.

Not only does the idea of ​​God no soothing effect had, but it was downright activity in the ACC to rise.

That is to say, that they were more stressed, by getting Lord in the brain.

The researchers behind the study believe that for religious people does God as a maintainer of order in the world.

Seemingly random events will be systematized and the feeling of stress is reduced.

At the atheists on the other hand destroys the idea of ​​a deity the sense structure, they have already established, and therefore experience the only God as a disturbing element and stress levels rise.

According researchers believe that the study complements previous research showing that religious people are happier, healthier and live longer than non-believers.

But atheists should not despair.

There is good reason to believe that they will perform equally well in the trial if they were primed to think about their own beliefs instead of God.

The study has just been published in the journal Psychological Science.


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