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Researchers say brains of non-believers, religious people may differ in reaction to errors.  UPI (3/6) reports that a recent study “found distinct brain differences between believers in God and non-believers.” Canadian researchers said that, “even after controlling for personality and cognitive ability, when asked to perform tasks while wearing electrodes, those having faith in God showed significantly less activity than those without belief, in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain — a portion of the brain that helps modify behavior by signaling when attention and control are needed, usually as a result of some anxiety-producing event.” According to lead author Michael Inzlicht, PhD, of the University of Toronto, “We found that religious people or even people who simply believe in the existence of God show significantly less brain activity in relation to their own errors. … They’re much less anxious and feel less stressed when they have made an error.”

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