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Friday, March 23, 2018

Scientists have established a link between religious fundamentalism and brain damage

Religious fundamentalism provoke damage to the dorsolateral areas of the anterior cortex of the brain.Neuroscientists have analysed the brain in people who are prone to religious or atheistic thinking. It appeared that certain damage to the cortex provoke closeness to new experience, which is reflected in a radical commitment to his own beliefs.

In the journal neuropsychologia is published research Grafman Jordan (Jordan Grafman) and his colleagues from northwestern University in the US that found a link between damage to the dorsolateral areas of the anterior cortex and the rejection of new experiences and information.

Their findings are made on the basis of a survey of American veterans of the Vietnam war. Then almost 2 000 for head injuries of soldiers allocated 119 injuries that were associated with lesions of the dorsolateral region of the anterior cortex of the frontal lobe of the brain. It regulates emotions and self-control, working short-term memory and attention. Their results were compared with the testimony of 30 soldiers without pathologies and injuries.

In the experiment, both groups of subjects were offered the tests on cognitive ability, level of intelligence and religiosity. However, the researchers observed with the help of computer tomography of the affected brain areas, appreciating their value. The result of the study was the conclusion that the damage to dorsolateral prefrontal cortex affects a person’s ability to think flexibly, boosting his religion, writes Νacked Science.

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