David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Zygon 43 (4):861-874 (2008)
Recent research suggests that spiritual experiences are related to increased physiological activity of the frontal and temporal lobes and decreased activity of the right parietal lobe. The current study determined if similar relationships exist between self-reported spirituality and neuropsychological abilities associated with those cerebral structures for persons with traumatic brain injury (TBI). Participants included 26 adults with TBI referred for neuropsychological assessment. Measures included the Core Index of Spirituality (INSPIRIT); neuropsychological indices of cerebral structures: temporal lobes (Wechsler Memory Scale-III), right parietal lobe (Judgment of Line Orientation), and frontal lobes (Trail Making Test, Controlled Oral Word Association Test). As hypothesized, spirituality was significantly negatively correlated with a measure of right parietal lobe functioning and positively correlated (nonsignificantly) with measures of left temporal lobe functioning. Contrary to hypotheses, correlations between spirituality and measures of frontal lobe functioning were zero or negative (and nonsignificant). The data support a neuropsychological model that proposes that spiritual experiences are related to decreased activity of the right parietal lobe, which may be associated with decreased awareness of the self (transcendence) and increased activity of the left temporal lobe, which may be associated with the experience of specific religious archetypes (religious figures and symbols).
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
Eugene G. D'Aquili & Andrew B. Newberg (1998). The Neuropsychological Basis of Religions, or Why God Won't Go Away. Zygon 33 (2):187-201.
C. Portas, Geraint Rees, A. Howseman, O. Josephs, R. Turner & Christopher D. Frith (1998). A Specific Role for the Thalamus in Mediating the Interaction of Attention and Arousal in Humans. Journal of Neuroscience 18 (21):8979-8989.
Eugene G. D'Aquili & Andrew B. Newberg (2000). The Neuropsychology of Aesthetic, Spiritual, and Mystical States. Zygon 35 (1):39-51.
S. M. McGlynn & Daniel L. Schacter (1989). Unawareness of Deficits in Neuropsychological Syndromes. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology 11:143-205.
Eugene G. D'Aquili (1978). The Neurobiological Bases of Myth and Concepts of Deity. Zygon 13 (4):257-274.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Naoyasu Motomura (1998). The Neural Basis of Imitative Behavior: Parietal Actions and Frontal Programs. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (5):700-701.
Nilli Lavie (2006). The Role of Perceptual Load in Visual Awareness. Brain Research. Special Issue 1080 (1):91-100.
George P. Prigatano & Sterling C. Johnson (2003). The Three Vectors of Consciousness and Their Disturbances After Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 13 (1):13-29.
Laura J. Bach & Anthony S. David (2006). Self-Awareness After Acquired and Traumatic Brain Injury. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation 16 (4):397-414.
Hamid R. Naghavi & Lars Nyberg (2005). Common Fronto-Parietal Activity in Attention, Memory, and Consciousness: Shared Demands on Integration? Consciousness and Cognition 14 (2):390-425.
Michel T. de Schotten, Marika Urbanski, Hugues Duffau, Emmanuelle Volle, Richard Lévy, Bruno Dubois & Paolo Bartolomeo (2005). Direct Evidence for a Parietal-Frontal Pathway Subserving Spatial Awareness in Humans. Science 309 (5744):2226-2228.
John C. Marshall, Gereon R. Fink, Peter W. Halligan & Giuseppe Vallar (2002). Spatial Awareness: A Function of the Posterior Parietal Lobe? Cortex 38 (2):253-257.
Catherine Tallon-Baudry (2004). Attention and Awareness in Synchrony. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 8 (12):523-525.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads27 ( #148,845 of 1,911,069 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #60,022 of 1,911,069 )
How can I increase my downloads?