Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer

Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer

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May 4th, 2010, 3:51 pm #1

Brain shuts off in response to healer's prayer
27 April 2010 by Andy Coghlan


WHEN we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That's the finding of a study which looked at people's response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers.

To identify the brain processes underlying the influence of charismatic individuals, Uffe Schjødt of Aarhus University in Denmark and colleagues turned to Pentecostal Christians, who believe that some people have divinely inspired powers of healing, wisdom and prophecy.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), Schjødt and his colleagues scanned the brains of 20 Pentecostalists and 20 non-believers while playing them recorded prayers. The volunteers were told that six of the prayers were read by a non-Christian, six by an ordinary Christian and six by a healer. In fact, all were read by ordinary Christians.

Only in the devout volunteers did the brain activity monitored by the researchers change in response to the prayers. Parts of the prefrontal and anterior cingulate cortices, which play key roles in vigilance and scepticism when judging the truth and importance of what people say, were deactivated when the subjects listened to a supposed healer. Activity diminished to a lesser extent when the speaker was supposedly a normal Christian (Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsq023).

Schjødt says that this explains why certain individuals can gain influence over others, and concludes that their ability to do so depends heavily on preconceived notions of their authority and trustworthiness.

It's not clear whether the results extend beyond religious leaders, but Schjødt speculates that brain regions may be deactivated in a similar way in response to doctors, parents and politicians.

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May 4th, 2010, 10:12 pm #2

It's a shame he didn't use those funds on worthwhile research such as a cure for cancer. What a waste of research grant money!

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May 4th, 2010, 10:17 pm #3

Whoa! Doesn't that conflict with your idea of getting divine HEALING through prayer?

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May 4th, 2010, 10:35 pm #4

Not at all, as God often works through physicians. Remember, Luke, who wrote the "Gospel According To Luke" and the Book of Acts was a physician. Whatever gave you the incorrect notion that I am opposed to physicians?

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May 4th, 2010, 10:45 pm #5

That God can cure cancer through prayer -and allegedly does so ...but... is also desirous of humans FINDING their own cure for cancer?

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May 4th, 2010, 11:06 pm #6

It is not always God's will to heal divinely, just as it is not always His will to heal through medical knowledge. He gave us a brain and the ability to use it to learn how to cure the body of various ailments and diseases, and gave us various herbs to use as medicines. It's up to us to use the brain He gave us to learn how to do these things. It is interesting that a growing number modern hospitals combine faith with medical technology to treat the whole person.

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May 4th, 2010, 11:28 pm #7

"not always his will to heal divinely" ... but sometimes is?

What possible logical explanation can you come up with that could help us make sense of it and better understand God's will in these matters?

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May 5th, 2010, 2:46 am #8

Not at all, as God often works through physicians. Remember, Luke, who wrote the "Gospel According To Luke" and the Book of Acts was a physician. Whatever gave you the incorrect notion that I am opposed to physicians?

Pastor Jack Howell
"Some bring God's curse on them by marking off part of the Bible, calling it erroneous, uninspired, less than the very Word of God." - Dr. John R. Rice

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That name was chosen arbitrarily.

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May 5th, 2010, 2:48 am #9

It's a shame he didn't use those funds on worthwhile research such as a cure for cancer. What a waste of research grant money!

Pastor Jack Howell
"Some bring God's curse on them by marking off part of the Bible, calling it erroneous, uninspired, less than the very Word of God." - Dr. John R. Rice

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek." (Romans 1:16)



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Brains have also been studied under Transcendental Meditation for example -- the mechanism of how the brain works and is affected is not foolish.

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May 5th, 2010, 2:50 am #10

Whoa! Doesn't that conflict with your idea of getting divine HEALING through prayer?

-Vince
It is still foolishness to God, isn't it? Yeah, consistency is lacking here.

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