Skip to Content


  Psychology: Psychology and Religion: Neurotheology

Neurotheology (Subscribe)

Categories

People (5)

Links

1 2 > >|

Zen and the Brain

http://www.csp.org/chrestomathy/zen_and.html

Summary of "Zen and the Brain", James H. Austin's definitive work tracing the neuroscientific aspects of Zen.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Wired for the Ultimate Reality: The Neuropsychology of Religious Experience

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/questionofgod/voices/newberg.html

Article by Drs. Andrew Newberg and Eugene D'Aquili on the biological mechanisms underlying religious and spiritual experience, from the PBS "The Question of God" series.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

What Buddhists Know About Science

http://www.wired.com/medtech/health/news/2002/07/53820

Wired article on relationship between Tibetan meditation and the brain.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Tracing the Synapses of Our Spirituality

http://www.maps.org/media/vedantam.html

Washington Post article by Shankar Vedantam on researchers examining the relationship between brain and religion.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

This Is Your Brain on God

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/7.11/persinger_pr.html

Wired Magazine interview of Michael Persinger, leading figure in the reductionist school of neurotheology.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

The Serotonin System and Spiritual Experiences

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/160/11/1965?

American Journal of Psychiatry research showing that "binding potential" (serotonin levels) correlated inversely with scores for self-transcendence.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

The "God" Part Of The Brain

http://godpart.com/

Website for Matthew Alper's book which suggests that "humans are innately hard-wired to perceive a spiritual reality".

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Study Asks Whether Chemicals and Communion Are One

http://www.mapageweb.umontreal.ca/beauregm/study_asks_whether.htm

Article from "Science and Theology News" describing the neuroimaging of praying nuns performed by University of Montreal researcher Mario Beauregard.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Religiosity is associated with hippocampal but not amygdala volumes in patients with refractory epil

http://jnnp.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/75/4/640

Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry article finding that epilepsy patients with high religiosity had smaller right hippocampi.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Physiology of meditation

http://ejmas.com/pt/ptart_shin_0400.htm

Article covering meditation and its relationship to the metabolism, autonomic nervous system, endocrine system, and central nervous system.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

On the Neuropsychology of Religious Experiences

http://www.psych.uiuc.edu/~bhidalgo/litreview.htm

Review of literature on neuropsychology of religious experiences, including temporal lobe model, D'Aquili's model for meditative states, and substance-induced religious experience.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Numenware, a blog about neurotheology

http://www.numenware.com/

Frequently updated weblog about neurotheology. Also covers some general neuroscience, Dogen, language, and Japan topics.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Neurotheology & Shamanism

http://www.cognitiveliberty.org/neuro/winkelman1.htm

Dr. Michael Winkelman, Anthropology Professor at Arizona State and author of "Shamanism: The Neural Economy of Consciousness", discusses the neurological basis of shamanism, mankind's oldest spiritual practice.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Neurology of Spiritual Experiences

http://www.innerworlds.50megs.com/

Articles on spiritual experience and magnetic signal brain stimulation by one of Michael Persinger's students.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Neurological Correlates of Transformational Experiences

http://www.meridianinstitute.com/reports/neurocor.html

Article building on work of Persinger and d'Aquili, looking at near-death experiences with neuroimaging.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Meditation and the Brain

http://www.technologyreview.com/articles/04/02/newton0204.asp?p=1

Report on a conference held by MIT's McGovern Institute for Brain Research, bringing together Buddhists and neuroscientists.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Linking Out-of-Body Experience and Self Processing to Mental Own-Body Imagery at the Temporoparietal

http://www.jneurosci.org/cgi/content/abstract/25/3/550

Paper by Olaf Blanke and team on the neurocognitive bases of out-of-body (OBE) experiences, from Journal of Neuroscience.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

How the Brain Creates God

http://www.nwbotanicals.org/oak/magick/createsgod.htm

Broad-ranging overview by Iona Miller, touching on archetypes, NDEs, drugs, trances, TMS, and shamanism.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Guardian: Tests of faith

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2005/feb/24/1

Article discussing evolutionary, anthropological (Boyer), and neuroscientific (Ramachandran, Newberg) aspects of religion.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Evolutionary Neurotheology and the Varieties of Religious Experience

ftp://cs.utk.edu/pub/maclennan/EvolutionaryNeurotheology-long.pdf

Article by Bruce McLennan of University of Tennessee, outlining a neuropsychological approach to religious experience based on archetypal psychology.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Ecstasy from a Physiological Point of View

http://www.ex-premie.org/papers/religious_ecstasy.htm

Discussion of relationship between drugs, celibacy, fasting and other physical practices and ecstasy. Presented by Kaj Bjorkqvist at Symposium on Religions Ecstasy held at bo, Finland, on the 26th-28th of August 1981.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

Body and Mind

http://www.channel4.com/science/microsites/S/science/body/exorcism.html

Materials accompanying a TV special on body and mind, with a brief overview of older theories and notable neurotheology research.

Review It Rate It Bookmark It

1 2 > >|