posted on Aug, 17 2009 @ 01:39 PM
Interesting report from Reuters of all places:
Faith rites boost brains, even for atheists: book
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - Buddhist monks and Catholic nuns boost their brain power through meditation and prayer, but even atheists can enjoy the
mental benefits that believers derive from faith, according to a popular neuroscience author.
The key, Andrew Newberg argues in his new book "How God Changes Your Brain," lies in the concentrating and calming effects that meditation or
intense prayer have inside our heads.
Meditation both activates the frontal lobe, which "creates and integrates all of your ideas about God," and calms down the amygdala, the
emotional region that can create images of an authoritative deity and fog our logical thinking.
"Even 10 to 15 minutes of meditation appear to have significantly positive effects on cognition, relaxation and psychological health," the authors
declare in the book.
I like it when the Scientists and the Religious find common ground.
I must admit, there is definitley a calming factor involved in prayer. An ability to see more clearly afterwards.
The occasions I have prayed, usually when TSHTF, have usualy been followed by a calm sensation, when everything is clearer and a solution becomes
Read the article, it's quite interesting.
[edit on 17-8-2009 by kiwifoot]