Religion can improve your self-control — even if you don't believe in…

Think your beliefs preclude you from being influenced by religious thoughts? Think again. Psychologists at Queen's University have demonstrated that test subjects who are primed to think subconsciously about religion — including agnostics and atheists — actually perform better at tasks requiring self-control than… » 5/17/12 11:28am 5/17/12 11:28am

Atheists can win your trust by appealing to secular authority

Everybody hates atheists. One recent study found that atheists are trusted about as much as rapists — or maybe even less. Why do people find atheists so untrustworthy? Maybe it's because they don't believe there's an all-seeing judge monitoring their actions. » 4/27/12 1:20pm 4/27/12 1:20pm

Analytical thinking really does reduce your belief in God

Does God exist or not? That question may never be answered to everyone's satisfaction — but the question of why people become religious might be. Scientists found a way to meddle with the level of analytical thought people used, and in turn were able to influence the strength of people's religious beliefs. » 4/26/12 3:20pm 4/26/12 3:20pm