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Connecting biological concepts and religious behavior

  • Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (a1)

This commentary proposes experiments to examine connections between the presence of out-group members, neurovisceral reactions, religiosity, and ethnocentrism, to clarify the meaning of the correlational findings presented in the target article. It also suggests different ways of describing religious socialization and of viewing assertions about religion and health or about the human ability to detect pathogens.

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S. M. Asser & R. Swan (1998) Child fatalities from religion-motivated medical neglect. Pediatrics 101:625–29.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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