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Neural and Physiological Basis of Religious Experience

HAN Hui-Juan;LIU Chang   

  1. Lab of Cognitive Neuroscience and School of Educational Science, Nanjing Normal University, Nanjing 210097, China
  • Received:2007-11-22 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2008-09-15 Published:2008-09-15
  • Contact: LIU Chang

Abstract: eligious experience is a process, and it means psychology, realization and the incidental emotion experience of human in the religion activities. The studies of its neural and physiological basis suggest that some certain areas of the human brain and brain wave are activated during the religious experience. These studies go a step further indicating that the relation between religious experience and cognition and emotion, and to a certain extend, that is congruent with the theory of the essential of religious experience, but it do not make clear that there are “GOD modules” in the brain. Since the idea is first proposed, a great deal of relevant neural and physiological basis research has accrued. Here we give a brief review of the studies of religious experience

Key words: religious experience, physiological basis, neural basis

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