The role of the extrapersonal brain systems in religious activity

@article{Previc2006TheRO,
  title={The role of the extrapersonal brain systems in religious activity},
  author={Fred H. Previc},
  journal={Consciousness and Cognition},
  year={2006},
  volume={15},
  pages={500-539}
}
  • F. Previc
  • Published 1 September 2006
  • Psychology, Biology
  • Consciousness and Cognition

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