Neural consequences of religious belief on self-referential processing.

  title={Neural consequences of religious belief on self-referential processing.},
  author={Shihui Han and Lihua Mao and Xiaosi Gu and Ying Zhu and Jianqiao Ge and Yina Ma},
  journal={Social neuroscience},
  volume={3 1},
Christianity strongly encourages its believers to surrender to God and to judge the self from God's perspective. We used functional MRI to assess whether this religious belief is associated with neural correlates of self-referential processing distinct from that of non-religious people. Non-religious and Christian participants were scanned while performing tasks of personal-trait judgments regarding the self or public persons. We found that, while self-judgment was linked to better memory of… CONTINUE READING
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