Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Where in the Brain Does Religion Happen?

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Hint for dualists: it's not the pineal gland. From a 2009 PNAS paper: "The findings support the view that religiosity is integrated in cognitive processes and brain networks used in social cognition,
rather than being sui generis...Regardless of whether God exists or not, religious beliefs do exist and can be experimentally studied, as shown in this study." There's more to it than that but that was the money quote.

Kapogiannis D, Barbey AK, Su M, Zamboni G, Krueger F, Grafman J. Cognitive and neural foundations of religious belief. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Mar 24;106(12):4876-81.

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