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Scientists Think They Just Found The Brain’s Spirituality Network

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Scientists spent years looking for the ‘God Spot’ in the brain before concluding it didn’t exist. Early candidates like the temporal or parietal lobes never panned out. And differences in how researchers define spirituality has also complicated things, because different areas of the brain light up when we use moral reasoning vs when we experience awe. But what has remained clear is more than 80% of humans worldwide report being spiritual or religious. Now, a group of researchers have used a method known as “lesion network mapping” to find the home of spirituality in the brain. In their study, published in Biological Psychiatry, the researchers report that they have located a specific brain circuit for spirituality, found in the periaqueductal gray (PAG)… (READ MORE)

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