Reported in Tech Times.

Religion has a profound effect on human behavior, but there’s still much that we don’t know about how it affects us, or why. A team of researchers in Utah started the Religious Brain Project in an effort to scan the brains of people during religious experiences. Right now, the group is focusing on members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Religious Brain Project began in February 2014, directed by Jeff Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., a faculty member at the University of Utah. This is one of the first scientific efforts to study the neuroscience of prayer.

“Religious and spiritual experiences are among the most powerful influences on individuals and entire cultures. We are all shaped and defined by our experiences with religion. Yet the neuroscience of religious and spiritual feeling is almost completely unknown. We are seeking answers to fundamental questions, like ‘What happens in the brain during religious or spiritual experiences?’ and ‘How is the brain changed by religious experience?'” said Anderson.
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