Researchers at Coventry University have called for participants to take part in a study investigating the psychological make-up of people with religious and spiritual beliefs.
The aim of the team, from the university’s faculty of health and life sciences, is to see whether some parts of the brain are involved in inclining some people to believe in God or not. According to previous research, there are regions of the prefrontal cortex that are most active when people reject spiritual ideas.
This new project aims to build on this understanding by taking a closer look at the role of this part of the brain during the endorsement or rebuttal of spiritual beliefs. The project is looking for volunteers who are religious and volunteers who are atheist or agnostic.
Ute Kreplin, post-doctoral researcher at Coventry University, said, ‘We are attempting to formulate a deeper understanding of the cognitive and neural bases of spiritual and religious ideas, attitudes and beliefs’.
Testing will take place in February and the team intends to publish its findings in the summer.