Over 80% of human representatives consider themselves with people religious or spiritual. However, the studies of the neurobiologists of this phenomenon are extremely small, and the functional neurovalization carried out when the patient performs tasks during the brain scanning, gave fraud and often contradictory results. Applying a different approach, the American scientist managed to clearly localize spirituality in a certain nervous network of the brain stem.
«Our results indicate that spirituality and religiosity are rooted in fundamental, neurobiological dynamics and deeply intertwined with the nervous cloth,» said one of the authors of the research Michael Ferguson from Harvard Medical School. «We were amazed when I learned that the nervous network of spirituality is located in one of the most evolutionarily canned structures of the brain.»
To this conclusion, scientists came by applying the method of creating a diagram of a damaged network, which allows you to compare the complex behavior of a person with certain nervous networks by the location of damaged areas,
Of the 88 patients, 30 reported the growth of spiritual feeling before and after surgery, 29 declared a decrease and 29 did not notice any changes. Applying a neurosurgical method, scientists have found that spirituality correlates with the nervous network in a certain region of the brain with the center in the ASS. It has positive and negative nodes, which are damaged or lower spirituality. The results obtained from the second group of patients confirm this discovery. In addition, in the medical literature, researchers found several reports on patients who become super-religious after the injuries of the brain that damaged negative chain nodes.
In particular, injuries causing Parkinson’s disease intersect with positive nodes of this chain, that is, associated with reduced religiosity. And zones causing delusional ideas and someone else’s limb syndrome crossed with negative nodes that increase spirituality.
«It is important to note that these intersections may be useful in understanding common features and connections, but they cannot be overestimated,» said Ferguson. — For example, our results do not argue that religion is the illusion that historical religious figures suffered from a foreign limb syndrome or that Parkinson’s disease arises from a lack of religious faith. Instead, our results indicate deep roots of spiritual beliefs in the part of our brain that participates in many important features. «
Neurobiologists of Colombian and Yale University, trying to measure the person’s craving for spiritual knowledge,
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