Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Study: Having Religous Thoughts Helps with Self-Control


Having religious thoughts gives people more self-control when they’re doing unrelated tasks later on, according to a recent study.

“After unscrambling sentences containing religiously oriented words, participants in our studies exercised significantly more self-control,” said psychology graduate student and head researcher, Kevin Rounding, in a statement.

Study subjects were given a sentence that had five words to unscramble. Some of the sentences contained religious themes, while others didn’t.

After the sentences were unscrambled, the participants were asked to complete various tasks that required self-control, delaying gratification, exerting patience, enduring discomfort, and refraining from impulsive responses.

Results of the study showed that those participants that unscrambled the religious sentences exerted more self- control.

“Our most interesting finding was that religious concepts were able to refuel self-control after it had been depleted by another unrelated task,” explained Rounding. “In other words, even when we would predict people to be unable to exert self-control, after completing the religiously themed task they defied logic and were able to muster self-control.”

“Until now”, Rounding continued, “I believed the religion was a matter of faith; people had little practical use for religion.” “This research actually suggests that religion can serve a very useful function in society. People can turn to religion not just for transcendence and fears regarding death and after-life but also for practical purposes,”

Best of 1280 KSLI

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSLI Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSLI Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.