RESEARCH: "Religious Experience and Emotion: Evidence for Distinctive Cognitive Neural Patterns"

  title={RESEARCH: "Religious Experience and Emotion: Evidence for Distinctive Cognitive Neural Patterns"},
  author={Nina P. Azari and John H. Missimer and R{\"u}diger J. Seitz},
  journal={The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion},
  pages={263 - 281}
Categorical comparisons of neuroimaging data suggest that religious experience is cognitively mediated. Cognition involves coordinated integration of large-scale networks. The aim of this study was to distinguish neural networks mediating religious experience. A principal component analysis (PCA) was applied to cerebral blood flow data of a Christian religious experience and a happy emotion. Differences in variance patterns (PCs) were assessed. The religious experience and the emotion were… 

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