• A new study suggests that lovemaking increase men’s tendency to believe in God
  • Researchers from the Duke University explained that sexual intercourse releases oxytocin
  • Oxytocin is a hormone known as “hug hormone” and “cuddle chemical” which plays a vital role in love and affection

DURHAM, North Carolina – A new study suggests that lovemaking increases men’s tendency to believe in God.

An article by Joshua Barrie for Mirror Co UK said the new research explained that sexual intercourse inspires a belief, or increased belief, in God and religion as well.

Researchers from thee Duke University explained that sexual intercourse releases oxytocin; a hormone also known as “hug hormone” and “cuddle chemical” which plays a vital role in love and affection.

Likewise, Oxytocin is also stimulated during childbirth and breastfeeding. Oxytocin is directly connected to feelings of social bonding, trust, and altruism.

Moreover, researchers now also suggest that the hormone can also incite spirituality in men.

“Spirituality and meditation have each been linked to health and well-being in previous research,” said Professor Dr. Patty Van Cappellen, a research assistant.

“We were interested in understanding biological factors that may enhance those spiritual experiences. Oxytocin appears to be part of the way our bodies support spiritual beliefs,” she added.

An article by Bath Chronicle mentioned that the researchers from Duke University didn’t relate the effects of oxytocin on female’s godliness though; given the fact that the female have more amount of naturally occurring oxytocin.

The researchers tested the chemical reaction in men by giving some of the participants the hormone while placebo for others. As a result, those who got a dose of oxytocin were more likely to say that spirituality was an important part of their lives.

The study also said that those given the hormone claimed that they see themselves as having “interconnection with other people and living things”.

Cappellen said that another study needs to be carried out for women as the chemical operates differently between genders.

“Oxytocin’s effects on women’s spirituality still needs to be investigated,” she says.

The study was published online in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.