• Researchers Establish a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

    Article by Alex Pietrowski

    In an effort to understand the neural and cognitive pathways associated with strong beliefs and how some people seem more willing and able to challenge belief systems, neuroscientists looked at how authoritarianism and religious fundamentalism

    In a study for Northwestern University entitled, biological and cognitive underpinnings of religious fundamentalism, researchers looked at the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (vmPFC) as a critical portion of the brain for representing beliefs.

    We hypothesized that the vmPFC represents diverse religious beliefs and that a vmPFC lesion would be associated with religious fundamentalism, or the narrowing of religious beliefs. [Source]


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