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Science Magazine: Older people who feel close to God have well-being that grows with frequent prayer
June 20, 2017
As people grow older, those who are securely attached to God are more likely to have a sense of well-being — and the more frequently they pray, the greater that feeling, according to a study by Matt Bradshaw, Ph.D., assistant professor of sociology, and Blake Kent, a doctoral candidate in sociology. In contrast, those who try to build a relationship with a god that they do not believe will be there in times of need may feel estranged and even experience a decline in mental health. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this research nationally. She covers sociology research and faculty.)

Think Progress: The strange origins of the GOP ideology that rejects caring for the poor
June 9, 2017
Research from the 2011 Baylor Religion Survey is cited in this article about the coupling of the idea of “undeserving poor” with a passionate support for free-market capitalism. “Perhaps it is the fervent individualism of American Christianity which makes free market capitalism seem like a Divine mandate,” said researcher Paul D. Froese, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences.

Benzinga: Robot Rising: Experts Try to Quantify Human Fear of Smart Replicants
May 14, 2017
This article by financial media outlet Benzinga about historical resistance to new technology cites a study by Baylor sociologist Paul McClure, who says that current “technophobia” is “nearing a fever pitch.” More than a third of study respondents were afraid or very afraid of decision-making robots, workforce robots and technology they don’t understand. For that group, losing a job to a robot is scarier than romantic heartbreak, police brutality and speaking before large crowds, McClure said. (Terry Goodrich, assistant director of Baylor Media Communications, pitched this story to national media and arranged the interview.)

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