- Apr 29, 2012
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As much as I might agree with the results of the researchers' study, I do think more research needs to be carried out before any conclusive judgment is made on the connection.
Scientists Claim to Find Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism
A team of scientists has claimed to have discovered a link between a willingness to engage in religious fundamentalism and a clear-cut impairment in brain function.
Published in the journal Neuropsychologia, the findings propose that damage inflicted upon particular areas of the prefrontal cortex results in the diminishing of cognitive flexibility and openness. This, in turn, results in a susceptibility to accepting certain fundamentalist viewpoints.
Jordan Grafman of Northwestern University headed up the study, which collected data from Vietnam War veterans, many of whom had suffered brain injuries to areas in their prefrontal cortex. The CT scans of some 119 brain-damaged vets were compared to 30 healthy vets with no damage, before the subjects were put through a test which assessed their susceptibility and acceptance of certain fundamentalist values.