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MU researcher dispels notion of a single ‘God spot’ in brain

Post: April 20, 2012 2:56 am
Author: Mara Rose Williams         Source: The Kansas City Star

A University of Missouri researcher has found that contrary to previous theory, there is no one “God spot” in the human brain. Rather, within the mass of gray and white matter are multiple places responsible for our spirituality.

“We found a neuropsychological basis for spirituality, but it’s not isolated to one specific area of the brain,” said Brick Johnstone, professor of health psychology in the MU School of Health Professions.

“Spirituality is a much more dynamic concept that uses many parts of the brain. Certain parts of the brain play more predominant roles, but they all work together to facilitate individuals’ spiritual experiences.”

Until now, studies have indicated that belief in a higher power is associated with decreased right parietal lobe functioning. The right parietal lobe is where our thoughts of self lie — including things as basic as “I’m hungry” or “I’m cold.”

Johnstone explained it by saying that peering at a picture of one’s self would activate the right parietal lobe. A picture of someone else activates the left parietal lobe. Johnstone said his research proved that a person with an injury to the right parietal lobe becomes less focused on self and more focused on spiritual connections.

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Comments

Post: April 23 2012 8:25 am By: JOHN JACOB LYONS


These findings from Missouri University are consistent with my ‘Genetic Priming’ theory explained in the article I have linked to below—

http://www.scilogs.eu/en/blog/biology-of-religion/2011-03-24/the-genetic-priming-of-religiosity-guest-post-by-john-jacob-lyons