Brain surgery boosts spirituality

Removing part of the brain can induce inner peace, according to researchers from Italy. Their study provides the strongest evidence to date that spiritual thinking arises in, or is limited by, specific brain areas.

To investigate the neural basis of spirituality, Cosimo Urgesi, a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Udine, and his colleagues turned to people with brain tumours to assess the feeling before and after surgery. Three to seven days after the removal of tumours from the posterior part of the brain, in the parietal cortex, patients reported feeling a greater sense of self-transcendence. This was not the case for patients with tumours removed from the frontal regions of the brain.

Lights and wings have been associated with spirituality in different cultures.Urgesi, C. et al

via Brain surgery boosts spirituality : Nature News.

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4 thoughts on “Brain surgery boosts spirituality

  1. Some people after some surgeries claim that they have seen the spiritual life that comes after physical death, some people claimed that they have seen themselves from a side point of view, and some claim that they have seen either God’s angels or been in the presence of God. That is why I believe that people become more spiritual because they see the truth that waits for all of us after this short physical life.

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