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Bibil Identifier bibil:251119
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Cognitive Neuroscience and Religious Language
Title (English, ) A Working Hypothesis
Author McNamara, Patrick
Author Giordano, Magda
Edited book Religion, Language, and the Human Mind
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 115-134 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Communication between deities and human beings rests on the use of language. Religious language has peculiarities such as the use of a formal voice, reductions in first-person and elevation of third-person pronoun use, archaistic elements, and an abundance of speech acts—features that reflect and facilitate the binding of the individual to conceived ultimate reality and value, decentering the Self while focusing on the deity. Explorations of the neurologic correlates of these cognitive and linguistic processes may be useful to identify constraints on neurocognitive models of religious language, and metaphor. The key brain regions that may mediate religious language include neural networks known to be involved in computational assessments of value, future-oriented simulations, Self-agency, Self-reflection, and attributing intentionality of goals to others. Studies indicate that some of the areas involved in those processes are active during personal prayer, whereas brain regions related to habit formation appear active during formal prayer. By examining religious language, and the brain areas engaged by it, we aim to develop more comprehensive neurocognitive models of religious cognition.
DOI 10.1093/oso/9780190636647.003.0005
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Theolinguistic
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Symbol
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