15 February 2010

"Links to Spirituality Found in the Brain"

A recent study published in the journal Neuron identifies an area of the brain believed to be at least partly responsible for religious feelings and behaviors.

The study links damage of the parietal lobes with a personality trait called "self-transcendence," which researchers define as "a decreased sense of self and an ability to identify one's self as an integral part of the universe as a whole."

A previous study, published in 2008, suggested the right parietal lobe helps to generate a person's sense of self and indicated that people with less active parietal lobes exhibit greater degrees of selflessness and are more likely to lead spiritual lives.

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