Canadian researchers found that strong religious convictions can lower stress and enhance the performance of basic tasks.
Researchers measured 28 students’ levels of religious observance and stress caused by making mistakes on a test.
“The more religious they were, the less brain activity they showed in response to their own errors,” said Michael Inzlicht, an assistant psychology professor at the University of Toronto.
“They’re calmer when they make errors.” Also, the more religious zeal individuals showed, the better they did on the test.
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