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Scientists investigate if atheists' brains are missing a ‘God Spot’

The widespread idea that human brains have a special area that governs spiritual belief – a “God Spot” – has been disputed by scientists such as Jordan Grafman, a neuropsychologist at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, Md.

Doing brain imagining on believers while they prayed and meditated, he found that the areas of the brain involved were the expected areas of memory and feeling; no special section was suddenly activated.

“Maybe we are special in the eyes of God, but God didn't place anything special in our brains – at least as far as we can see,” Dr. Grafman says.

Other studies have shown that beliefs about God, for or against, originate in the same part of the brain. Only the interpretation of information is different.

From The Globe and Mail
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