Religious experience activates same brain circuits as ‘sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll’

As neuroimaging technology is improving, neuroscientists can investigate more and more aspects of our emotional and intellectual lives. A team of researchers now examines what happens in the human brain during a deeply religious experience.Researchers find that a religious experience activates the same reward circuits as love, sex, drugs, and music. For many of us, religion brings comfort and is a crucial part of our mental and emotional well-being. In fact, a recent survey reports that 63 percent of Americans believe in God with absolute certainty. Neuroscientists have been studying the effect religion has on our brains using neuroimaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). A new study – published in the journal Social Neuroscience – investigates how…


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