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An fMRI study measuring analgesia enhanced by religion as a belief system.

Abstract:

Although religious belief is often claimed to help with physical ailments including pain, it is unclear what psychological and neural mechanisms underlie the influence of religious belief on pain. By analogy to other top-down processes of pain modulation we hypothesized that religious belief helps believers reinterpret the emotional significance of pain, leading to emotional detachment from it. Recent findings on emotion regulation support a role for the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex ...

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10.1016/j.pain.2008.07.030

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Experimental Psychology
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Journal:
Pain
Volume:
139
Issue:
2
Pages:
467-476
Publication date:
2008-10-05
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EISSN:
1872-6623
ISSN:
0304-3959
URN:
uuid:677ee358-d4c4-4732-8644-4b8fcf6360dc
Source identifiers:
191630
Local pid:
pubs:191630

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