The God Spot

March 12th, 2009 § 0 comments

theOwl

Where is religion processed in the human brain?  From the Daily Mail via Huffington Post:

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First, volunteers were asked to think about statements about whether God intervenes in the world, such as ‘God’s will guide my acts’.

This activated the lateral frontal lobe regions of the brain, used by humans to empathise with eachother.

Then they were asked to dwell on God’s emotional state. When it came to statements such as ‘God is wrathful’, the areas that lit up were the medial temporal and frontal gyri, which helps us to judge emotions of others.

Finally the participants were asked to contemplate abstract statements such as ‘a resurrection will occur’. This time they tapped into the right inferior temporal gyrus, which we use to understand metaphorical meaning.

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