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Wednesday, October 14, 2009
The neuropsychology of religion - neural correlates of belief
Sam Harris (the guy who wrote "The End of Faith" and "Letters to a Christian Nation"), along with a group of collaborators, has made fMRI measurements on fifteen committed Christians and fifteen nonbelievers as they evaluated the truth and falsity of religious and nonreligious propositions. Religious thinking is more associated with brain regions that govern emotion, self-representation, and cognitive conflict, while thinking about ordinary facts is more reliant upon memory retrieval networks.
Posted by Deric Bownds at 5:30 AM
Blog Categories: acting/choosing, attention/perception, religion
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