WACO, Texas (Sept. 25, 2014) — Reports of religion’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, says Byron Johnson, Ph.D., co-director of Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion.
Wealthy Citizens Have More Clout in State Government, but Stricter Lobbying Rules Can Help Close the Gap, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Sept. 16, 2014) — State legislators are more attentive to wealthy citizens’ political opinions compared to poor citizens’ opinions when making policy decisions, but stricter regulations on professional lobbyists can help curb this trend and promote more equal political representation, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2014) — Young people who regularly attend religious services and describe themselves as religious are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, according to a new study.
WACO, Texas (Sept. 8, 2014) — People struggling with mental illness often turn to pastors for help, but seminaries do very little to train ministers how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or psychologist, according to a Baylor University study.
Cellphone Addiction Is ‘an Increasingly Realistic Possibility,’ Baylor Study of College Students Reveals
WACO, Texas (Aug. 28, 2014) — Women college students spend an average of 10 hours a day on their cellphones, with men college students spending nearly eight hours, according to a Baylor University study on cellphone activity published in the Journal of Behavioral Addictions.
Surprising Number of Older Adults Weathered ‘The Great Recession’ Without Financial Strain, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 18, 2014) — The “Great Recession” may have put a dent in many older adults’ pocketbooks, but a new study by Baylor University found that more than 40 percent reported a decrease in “financial strain” between 2006 and 2010.
WACO, Texas (Aug. 15, 2014) — People living in countries with governments that spend more on social services report being more contented, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (August 13, 2014) – For years, employers and experts have been trying to reverse the exodus of women from information technology positions. They’re failing.
Anxiety and Amen: Prayer Doesn’t Ease Symptoms of Anxiety-Related Disorders for Everyone, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (Aug. 12, 2014) — Whether the problem is health, enemies, poverty or difficulty with aging, “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there,” suggested the late gospel musician Charles A. Tindley. But when it comes to easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn’t have the same effect for everybody, according to a Baylor University researcher.
WACO, Texas (Aug. 6, 2014) — Married women who live in communities in which a higher proportion of the population belongs to conservative religious traditions — such as evangelical or Mormon — are more likely to choose not to work outside the home, even if the women are not members of those faith groups, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (July 28, 2014) — Dinosaurs might have survived the asteroid strike that wiped them out if it had taken place slightly earlier or later in history, scientists say.
Men’s Hot Flashes: Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy May Ease the Discomfort that Guys Don’t Like to Talk About, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (July 10, 2014) — Men who experience hot flashes are unlikely to talk much about it, but they may find relief from their silent suffering if they are willing to try an unusual treatment, according to findings from a Baylor University case study.
WACO, Texas (June 23, 2014) – When looking at the series of photos on Keith Schubert’s computer screen, most people will likely see what they believe is some sort of black goo arranged like an intricate maze on a rock wall. But Schubert, Ph.D., associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in Baylor University’s School of Engineering and Computer Science, sees life.
God on the Job: Church Attendance Is Not Enough to Affect Job Satisfaction and Commitment, Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (June 20, 2014) — A congregation’s beliefs about work attitudes and practices affect a churchgoer on the job — but how much depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on attendance, according to a study by Baylor University sociologists funded by the National Science Foundation.
“Smoking Gun” Ancient Coins Are Being Looted from Excavations — and Too Few Coin Scholars Are Firing Back, Baylor Expert Says
WACO, Texas (June 16, 2014) — Millions of ancient looted coins from archaeological excavations enter the black market yearly, and a Baylor University researcher who has seen plundered sites likens the thefts to stealing “smoking guns” from crime scenes. But those who collect and study coins have been far too reluctant to condemn the unregulated trade, he says.
Encounters at Coffee Shops, Fitness Centers Help Corporate Communicators Influence Company “Chiefs,” Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (May 27, 2014) — Lobbying senior business executives informally — whether in hallways or after work at Starbucks and fitness centers — is a savvy way for corporate communicators to perform their jobs successfully, according to a Baylor University study.
Sunday School Teachers as ‘Culture Warriors’: Lay Leaders in Churches Wield Political Clout, Baylor University Study Finds
WACO, Texas (May 19, 2014) — Volunteer lay leaders serve as political opinion leaders within churches, with considerable power to deepen — or bridge — gaps between religion and politics, according to a Baylor University study.
WACO, Texas (May 13, 2014) — Forgiving ourselves for hurting another is easier if we first make amends — thus giving our inner selves a “moral OK,” according to Baylor University psychology researchers.
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Questionnaire May Give Clues to Other Mental Health Problems, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas (May 13, 2014) — A shortened version of a questionnaire used by psychologists to assess risk factors for obsessive-compulsive disorder also may help determine the risk of depression and anxiety, according to a Baylor University study.
Cyberspace Scholarship Nets Higher Grades and Better Critical Thinking for Classmates in a Facebook Learning Group, Baylor Study Shows
WACO, Texas (April 28, 2014) — University students who used a Facebook group as part of a large sociology class did better on course assignments and felt a stronger sense of belonging, according to a Baylor University study.
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