STUDY: Religious and Spiritual Belief tied to Thicker Cerebral Cortex

The Liberty Beat

By: Derrick Broze

A new study suggests a possible link between thickness of the brain’s outer layer, the cerebral cortex, and religious or spiritual belief. Researchers asked adults how important religion or spirituality was to them and found that people who said they were religious or spiritual were at lower risk of depression. High risk participants who valued spirituality had thicker cerebral cortexes than those who did not care for religion. The study was published in JAMA Psychiatry.

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