The Neuropsychological Mechanisms of Faith

  • Camelia Nicoleta Negut
Keywords: Belief; behavior; cortical regions; consciousness; brain activity; neurotheology; self abandon


The purpose of the human brain, as we know it as a multi-functional master piece, is to help
us perceive reality in the most accurate way, but also to experience it in the most secure way. From a
neurological point of view, everything we experience, everything we think, perceive and feel about the
surrounding world is the result of the processing performed by this complex organ called the human
brain. Whether we are aware or not our ability to make decisions is strongly influenced by our belief
system. Exposure of the brain to various stimuli related to the personal cult of beliefs determines the
activation of neural networks in various cortical regions responsible for experiencing feelings of love,
peace, tranquility, increasing the degree of concentration and more importantly activating the reward
system, which makes our the brain to feel good and to reinforce this behavior by which it feels good
and consumes less energy.