According to this study conducted by a team of neuroscientists, "family religious identification decreases children's altruistic behaviors."
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More simply put, this particular study found that non-religious children are most generous.
Jean Decety, a developmental neuroscientist at the University of Chicago and the study's lead author, led an extensive research study of 1,170 children across six different countries (Canada, China, Jordan, Turkey, USA, and South Africa).
The team studied the religiousness in each child's household, as well as "parent-reported child empathy and sensitivity to justice." The report states, "across all countries, parents in religious households reported that their children expressed more empathy and sensitivity for justice in everyday life than non-religious parents."
However, here is where things get interesting. According to scientists, "religiousness was inversely predictive of children's altruism and positively correlated with their punitive tendencies."
"Together these results reveal the similarity across countries in how religion negatively influences children's altruism, challenging the view that religiosity facilitates prosocial behavior."
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