Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit

Students presenting their research projects at the spring 2017 Minnesota Undergraduate Psychology Conference in Northfield, Minnesota.

"Research is to teaching as sin is to confession. If you don’t participate in the former, you have very little to say in the latter" —John Slaughter

The Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit consists of a network of students, alumni, colleagues, and friends of the laboratory that investigate the psycho-spiritual antecedents, correlates, and outcomes of health. Here is a brief summary and a Luther Alumni Magazine article that describe what our lab is all about. Our primary topic of interest is in forgiveness and health. We conduct research using three different paradigms:

  • The first is epidemiological, utilizing data from large, population-based surveys collected and archived by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS).
  • The second paradigm involves the use of psychophysiological and neuro-endocrine measures to assess the effects of forgiveness in a state-of-the-art laboratory recently built in 2009.
  • The third approach we take is to conduct studies of the effectiveness of forgiveness training and education in bringing about improved health and well-being. We are conducting these studies in Africa, at the Mayo Clinic, and with Luther College students.

Video Links to lab members speaking on forgiveness:

Anna Dilliard

Sarah Frehner

Justin Marschall