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Brain’s ‘God Spot’ Hard To Pin Down

Mystical experiences may engage several areas of the brain, not just one “God spot,” a new study shows.The study, published in Neuroscience Letters, comes from Mario Beauregard, Ph.D., and Vincent Paquette, M.Sc. They work at Canada’s University of Montreal. Other researchers have suggested there might be one key part of the brain involved in spiritual experiences, note Beauregard and Paquette

To test this theory, the Canadian researchers turned to 15 Carmelite nuns — and to high-tech brain scans. The nuns were 23-64 years old, with an average age of 50 and average tenure as a nun of almost 20 years. The nuns set a few ground rules for the researchers. “The nuns told us before the onset of the study that ‘God can’t be summoned at will,'” write Beauregard and Paquette. So the scientists didn’t ask the nuns to try to get in touch with God during the brain scans.

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