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

  title={RESEARCH: "Religious Experience and Emotion: Evidence for Distinctive Cognitive Neural Patterns"},
  author={N. Azari and J. Missimer and R. Seitz},
  journal={The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion},
  pages={263 - 281}
  • N. Azari, J. Missimer, R. Seitz
  • Published 2005
  • Psychology
  • The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
    40 Citations
    On the neural networks of empathy: A principal component analysis of an fMRI study
    • 33
    • PDF
    From Brain Imaging Religious Experience to Explaining Religion: A Critique
    • 10
    [Neurotheology: neurobiological models of religious experience].
    • 1
    Can Neurotheology Explain Religion?
    • 1
    Processes of believing — a review and conceptual account
    • 26
    • PDF
    Mentalizing and Religion
    • 5
    Associations of religious behavior and experiences with extent of regional atrophy in the orbitofrontal cortex during older adulthood
    • 25
    • Highly Influenced
    Religious Factors and Hippocampal Atrophy in Late Life
    • 37
    • PDF
    The neural basis of religion.
    • 7


    Neural correlates of religious experience
    • 187
    • 28
    Paranormal and Religious Beliefs May Be Mediated Differentially by Subcortical and Cortical Phenomenological Processes of the Temporal (Limbic) Lobes
    • M. Persinger
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Perceptual and motor skills
    • 1993
    • 33
    Neural correlates of feeling sympathy
    • 333
    • PDF
    Religious and Mystical Experiences as Artifacts of Temporal Lobe Function: A General Hypothesis
    • M. Persinger
    • Medicine, Psychology
    • Perceptual and motor skills
    • 1983
    • 252
    • PDF
    Medial prefrontal cortex and self-referential mental activity: Relation to a default mode of brain function
    • 2,533
    • PDF
    A multiprocess perspective on the neuroscience of emotion.
    • 106
    • PDF
    Theory of Mind and the Self
    • F. Happé
    • Psychology, Medicine
    • Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
    • 2003
    • 123