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Physical changes in brain linked to altered spirituality

Physical changes in brain linked to altered spirituality.

Damage to specific parts of the brain boosted levels of spiritual thinking and feeling in patients, a finding that adds new insight into the connection between religious attitudes and the physical makeup of the mind, researchers say.

The researchers studied what happened before and after brain surgery to the levels of “self-transcendence” in patients. The study authors defined self-transcendence as spiritual feeling, thinking and behaviors, and explained that it reflects a sense of oneness with the universe and a decreased sense of self.

According to the report, damage to the left and right posterior parietal regions of the brain led to an increase in self-transcendence.

Brain connections contribute to our unique personalities

Brain connections contribute to our unique personalities.

Every person thinks and acts a little differently than the other 7 billion on the planet. Scientists now say that variations in brain connections account for much of this individuality, and they’ve narrowed it down to a few specific regions of the brain. This might help us better understand the evolution of the human brain as well as its development in individuals.

Each human brain has a unique connectome – the network of neural pathways that tie all of its parts together. Like a fingerprint, every person’s connectome is unique. Researchers found very little variation in the areas of the participants’ brains responsible for basic senses and motor skills.

The real variety arose in the parts of the brain associated with personality, like the frontoparietal lobe. This multipurpose area in the brain curates sensory data into complex thoughts, feelings or actions and allows us to interpret the things we sense.

Research debunks IQ myth: cognitive ability requires more than one measure

Research debunks IQ myth: cognitive ability requires more than one measure.

After conducting the largest online intelligence study on record, a Western University-led research team has concluded that the notion of measuring one’s intelligence quotient or IQ by a singular, standardized test is highly misleading.

The results showed that when a wide range of cognitive abilities are explored, the observed variations in performance can only be explained with at least three distinct components: short-term memory, reasoning and a verbal component.

Mammalian brain knows where it’s at

Mammalian brain knows where it’s at.

Where are you? Conventional wisdom in brain research says that you just used your hippocampus to answer that question, but that might not be the whole story. The context of place depends on not just how you got there, but also the things you see around you. A new study in Neuron provides evidence that a different part of the brain is important for understanding where you are based on the spatial layout of the objects in that place.