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dc.contributor.authorFerguson, Michael A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorNielsen, Jared A.en_US
dc.contributor.authorKing, Jace B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDai, Lien_US
dc.contributor.authorGiangrasso, Danielle M.en_US
dc.contributor.authorHolman, Rachelen_US
dc.contributor.authorKorenberg, Julie R.en_US
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Jeffrey S.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2018-03-20T16:08:19Z
dc.date.issued2017en_US
dc.identifier.citationFerguson, Michael A., Jared A. Nielsen, Jace B. King, Li Dai, Danielle M. Giangrasso, Rachel Holman, Julie R. Korenberg, and Jeffrey S. Anderson. 2017. “Reward, salience, and attentional networks are activated by religious experience in devout Mormons.” Social neuroscience 13 (1): 104-116. doi:10.1080/17470919.2016.1257437. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17470919.2016.1257437.en
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dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:35015066
dc.description.abstractHigh-level cognitive and emotional experience arises from brain activity, but the specific brain substrates for religious and spiritual euphoria remain unclear. We demonstrate using functional magnetic resonance imaging scans in 19 devout Mormons that a recognizable feeling central to their devotional practice was reproducibly associated with activation in nucleus accumbens, ventromedial prefrontal cortex, and frontal attentional regions. Nucleus accumbens activation preceded peak spiritual feelings by 1–3 s and was replicated in four separate tasks. Attentional activation in the anterior cingulate and frontal eye fields was greater in the right hemisphere. The association of abstract ideas and brain reward circuitry may interact with frontal attentional and emotive salience processing, suggesting a mechanism whereby doctrinal concepts may come to be intrinsically rewarding and motivate behavior in religious individuals.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.relation.isversionofdoi:10.1080/17470919.2016.1257437en
dc.relation.hasversionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5478470/pdf/en
dash.licenseLAAen_US
dc.subjectReligious neuroscienceen
dc.subjectrewarden
dc.subjectspiritual experiencesen
dc.subjectfunctional MRIen
dc.titleReward, salience, and attentional networks are activated by religious experience in devout Mormonsen
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionVersion of Recorden
dc.relation.journalSocial neuroscienceen
dash.depositing.authorNielsen, Jared A.en_US
dc.date.available2018-03-20T16:08:19Z
dc.identifier.doi10.1080/17470919.2016.1257437*
dash.contributor.affiliatedNielsen, Jared


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