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Contributor: Jeffrey M. Schwartz

  • The Brain and Self-Judgment: How Does Religion Affect the Pre-Frontal Cortex?

    By Jeffrey M. SchwartzDecember 19, 2016

    "In a key study done in Beijing, very interesting differences were found in these two self-processing regions in religious Christians compared to non-religious subjects. In non-religious people, self-judgments (judgments about traits people believe describe themselves) were clearly associated with increases in the 'It’s About Me' brain area. Religious Christians, however, did not show increases in the 'It’s About Me' area when making these kinds of self-related assessments." Jeffrey M. Schwartz explains the effects of religion on an interesting part of the brain.

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