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Neuropsychological bases of God beliefs

Author: Michael A Persinger
Publisher: New York : Praeger, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In this study, the scientific principles of learning and brain functions are applied to the God Experience. The author skillfully blends modern neurophysiology with critical behavioral psychology to offer an objective explanation for why people believe in God. This provocative and scholarly work will interest psychologists, neuroscientists, clergy, and anyone studying mystical experience.
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Persinger, Michael A.
Neuropsychological bases of God beliefs.
New York : Praeger, 1987
(OCoLC)574296878
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael A Persinger
ISBN: 0275926486 9780275926489
OCLC Number: 15793892
Description: xi, 164 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface Introduction: The Importance of Predicting the God Experience The Temporal Lobe: The Biological Basis of the God Experience Predicting Brain Factors in the God Experience Ego-centrism: The Power Behind the Proof Memory Changes and the Maintenance of Contradictions The Expectation of God: Conditioning and Sources of the Details Word Games: The Semantics of Anxiety and Anxiety Reduction Techniques for Integrating Religious Behaviors: From Rituals to Revelation The Religious Personality The Good, The Bad, and The Uncertain Index
Responsibility: Michael A. Persinger.

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In this study, the scientific principles of learning and brain functions are applied to the God Experience. The author skillfully blends modern neurophysiology with critical behavioral psychology to offer an objective explanation for why people believe in God. This provocative and scholarly work will interest psychologists, neuroscientists, clergy, and anyone studying mystical experience.

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