Scientists pin down brain area key to spiritual experiences

Jun 11, 2018, 8:28 AM EDT
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Researchers at Yale University have identified the brain area where the formation and processing of spiritual experiences take place, a discovery that may provide insight into how transcendental moments help one endure and recover from mental conditions and addictive disorders.

According to the study published in the journal “Cerebral Cortex,” the people who have experienced any kind of spiritual connect at any point in their lives exhibit an active parietal cortex, the area of the brain linked to awareness of self and others, writes Science Daily.

Although people across cultures and eras have talked about their spiritual experiences – the sense of connection to something greater than oneself – the underlying neural mechanism of these encounters is yet to be decoded, notes Express.