The article, “Religious factors and hippocampal atrophy in late life,” by Amy Owen and colleagues at Duke University represents an important advance in our growing understanding of the relationship between the brain and religion. The study, published March 30 in PLoS One, showed greater atrophy in the hippocampus in individuals who identify with specific religious groups as well as those with no religious affiliation. It is a surprising result, given that many prior studies have shown religion to have potentially beneficial effects on brain function, anxiety, and depression.
The Brain. Humans. We are fascinating.
Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating, fascinating! Neurotheology studies the relationship between religion and the brain. This article is just a snippet but gives you a taste of how intriguing this area of study must be.