Does your religion determine how much your brain shrinks as you age?

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A research team led by Amy Owen of Duke University reports a key part of the brain apparently atrophies more rapidly in Catholics and born-again Protestants, as well as people with no religious affiliation, compared to mainstream Protestants. This accelerated shrinkage was also found in people who reported a life-changing religious experience.

The reason, the researchers believe, is the cumulative stress that comes with being a member of a religious minority.

Source: Miller McCune

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