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Religious Factors and Hippocampal Atrophy in Late Life

  • Amy D. Owen,

    Affiliation: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • R. David Hayward mail,

    david.hayward@duke.edu

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Neuropsychiatric Imaging Research Laboratory, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Harold G. Koenig,

    Affiliations: Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • David C. Steffens,

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Department of Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Martha E. Payne

    Affiliations: Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America, Neuropsychiatric Imaging Research Laboratory, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, United States of America

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  • Published: March 30, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017006

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JUST TWO QUESTIONS TO THE AUTHORS

Posted by AT_OS21 on 14 Jun 2011 at 08:24 GMT

1-Do you see any connection between your findings and Sigmund Freud´s conclusions in "The Future of an Illusion" (religion as an obsessional neurosis)?
2-The American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS) found -january 2009- that 15 percent of the american citizens embrace Atheism and other forms of non-belief. Is it correct to affirm in your work that 92% of the american citizens reporting a belief in God or a universal spirit?

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