Highly religious participants recruit areas of social cognition in personal prayer.

@article{Schjoedt2009HighlyRP,
  title={Highly religious participants recruit areas of social cognition in personal prayer.},
  author={Uffe Schjoedt and Hans J St\odkilde-J\orgensen and Armin W. Geertz and Andreas Roepstorff},
  journal={Social cognitive and affective neuroscience},
  year={2009},
  volume={4 2},
  pages={199-207}
}
We used functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to investigate how performing formalized and improvised forms of praying changed the evoked BOLD response in a group of Danish Christians. Distinct from formalized praying and secular controls, improvised praying activated a strong response in the temporopolar region, the medial prefrontal cortex, the temporo-parietal junction and precuneus. This finding supports our hypothesis that religious subjects, who consider their God to be 'real' and… CONTINUE READING
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