Paranormal and Religious Beliefs May Be Mediated Differentially by Subcortical and Cortical Phenomenological Processes of the Temporal (Limbic) Lobes

@article{Persinger1993ParanormalAR,
  title={Paranormal and Religious Beliefs May Be Mediated Differentially by Subcortical and Cortical Phenomenological Processes of the Temporal (Limbic) Lobes},
  author={Michael A. Persinger},
  journal={Perceptual and Motor Skills},
  year={1993},
  volume={76},
  pages={247 - 251}
}
  • M. Persinger
  • Published 1 February 1993
  • Psychology
  • Perceptual and Motor Skills
The vectorial hemisphericity concept predicts that endorsements of beliefs in paranormal phenomena are associated with elevated subcortical (complex partial epileptic-like signs) temporal lobe experiences while endorsements of religious beliefs are associated with experiences of the right (cortical) hemispheric equivalent (the sensed presence) of the linguistic sense of self. Partial correlation analyses, which removed the expected shared variance, supported this hypothesis for 400 men and 400… 
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