ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — University of Michigan researchers will question 3,000 American adults as part of an $8 million effort to look for the connection between religion and health.
The Ann Arbor school said Tuesday that the John Templeton Foundation is financing the study, which seeks to establish "solid explanations for why religion has both positive and negative effects on human physiology."
Public health professor Neal Krause and four colleagues will conduct the study.
Krause says that small sample sizes and other research method problems have plagued much of the research on the subject conducted so far.
He says research shows that "people who go to church more often have better health" but it's unknown whether "religion makes people healthier" or only the healthy get to church.