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Is it just a brick wall or a sign from the universe? An fMRI study of supernatural believers and skeptics

Overview of attention for article published in Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, September 2012
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Title
Is it just a brick wall or a sign from the universe? An fMRI study of supernatural believers and skeptics
Published in
Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience, September 2012
DOI 10.1093/scan/nss096
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Authors

Marjaana Lindeman, Annika M. Svedholm, Tapani Riekki, Tuukka Raij, Riitta Hari

Abstract

We examined with functional magnetic resonance imaging the brain activity of 12 supernatural believers and 11 skeptics who first imagined themselves in critical life situations (e.g. problems in intimate relationships) and then watched emotionally charged pictures of lifeless objects and scenery (e.g. two red cherries bound together). Supernatural believers reported seeing signs of how the situations were going to turn out in the pictures more often than skeptics did. Viewing the pictures activated the same brain regions among all participants (e.g. the left inferior frontal gyrus, IFG). However, the right IFG, previously associated with cognitive inhibition, was activated more strongly in skeptics than in supernatural believers, and its activation was negatively correlated to sign seeing in both participant groups. We discuss the implications of these findings for research on the universal processes that may underlie supernatural beliefs and the role of cognitive inhibition in explaining individual differences in such beliefs.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 5 6%
United Kingdom 3 4%
Canada 1 1%
Belgium 1 1%
Netherlands 1 1%
Unknown 67 86%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 16 21%
Student > Ph. D. Student 13 17%
Student > Bachelor 11 14%
Student > Master 7 9%
Student > Doctoral Student 6 8%
Other 19 24%
Unknown 6 8%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 35 45%
Neuroscience 7 9%
Medicine and Dentistry 7 9%
Social Sciences 7 9%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 6 8%
Other 8 10%
Unknown 8 10%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 77. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 23 March 2016.
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#273,884
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Outputs from Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience
#95
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#1,703
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Outputs of similar age from Social Cognitive & Affective Neuroscience
#2
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