A research team at the US National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke is working to uncover regions of the brain that enable us to have religious beliefs.

Subjects (of monotheist religions) were given a functional MRI while responding to statements reflecting their core beliefs.

Researchers found the most recently evolved parts of the brain (such as those involved with imagination, memory and “theory of the mind”) best correlate with religious belief.

[From ‘Theory of mind’ could help explain belief in God – life – 09 March 2009 – New Scientist]

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