Scientists identify brain’s ‘God spot’

The Daily Mail reports:

Scientists searching for a ‘God spot’ in the brain have found three areas that control religious belief.

A study of 40 participants, including Christians, Muslims, Jews and Buddhists, showed  the same areas lit up when they were asked to ponder religious and moral problems.

MRI scans revealed the regions that were activated are those used every day to interpret the feelings and intentions of other people.

‘That suggests that religion is not a special case of a belief system, but evolved along with other belief and social cognitive abilities,’ said Jordan Grafman, a cognitive neuroscientist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Maryland.

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