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The Religious Brain: A General Introduction to the Experimental Neuroscience of Religion

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This article is an introduction to the experimental neuroscience of religion, intended for scholars who have an interest in the neurobiological and cognitive aspects of religion, but who do not have the necessary technical and methodological knowledge to evaluate this field's limitations and potential. The article reviews six lines of research, with particular focus on issues of ecological validity, the use of contrast conditions, and theoretical grounding.

Affiliations: 1: Department of the Study of Religion, University of Aarhus;, Email:


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