Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit

The Laboratory for the Investigation of Mind, Body, and Spirit (LIMBS) consists of a network of students, alumni, colleagues, and friends of the laboratory that investigate the psycho-spiritual antecedents, correlates, and outcomes of health.

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.

Can Meditation and Prayer Enhance Forgiveness?

Sophomore psychology student Anna Dilliard shares her findings on meditation and the effects it has on forgiveness from a study she led.

How Does Being Humble and Having Empathy Help with Forgiveness?

Sarah Frehner, a junior psychology and health: mental illness double major at Luther College, discusses how having empathy and humility can help in learning forgiveness.

Does Forgiveness Have Benefits?

Justin Marschall, a senior psychology major, discusses how forgiveness can have significant benefits to those willing to practice it.