Spirituality Linked To Brain Function?

December 25, 2008

US (ChattahBox) – According to a new study by the University of Missouri, spiritual feelings may actually be the result of a lower-functioning right parietal lobe, the area of the brain that defines a person’s sense of self.

The study, which was published in the journal Zygon, was done by first monitoring the brain activity of dedicated religious members, such as monks and nuns as they went about their spiritual rituals, but the results were inconclusive, so they moved on to studying patients who had suffered recent brain damage.

The more religious of the bunch seemed to have less activity in the right parietal lobe unrelated to their brain damage, which could potentially lead to a less developed sense of self-awareness and individuality. This may also explain why often people with a higher religious or spiritual belief seem to have added mental and physical health benefits, as their beliefs dictate a greater awareness for others, rather then on self-defining actions and behavior.

Further exploration on the subject is expected.


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