The neural correlates of religious and nonreligious belief.
|Title||The neural correlates of religious and nonreligious belief.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Harris, S, Kaplan JT, Curiel A, Bookheimer SY, Iacoboni M, Cohen MS|
|Keywords||Adolescent, Adult, Behavior, Brain, Brain Mapping, Christianity, cognition, Emotions, Female, Humans, Judgment, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, memory, Neural Pathways, Neuropsychological Tests, Religion|
While religious faith remains one of the most significant features of human life, little is known about its relationship to ordinary belief at the level of the brain. Nor is it known whether religious believers and nonbelievers differ in how they evaluate statements of fact. Our lab previously has used functional neuroimaging to study belief as a general mode of cognition , and others have looked specifically at religious belief . However, no research has compared these two states of mind directly.
|Alternate Journal||PLoS ONE|