The passionate, sometimes rhythmic, language-like patter that pours forth from religious people who “speak in tongues” reflects a state of mental possession, many of them say. Now they have some neuroscience to back them up.
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania took brain images of five women while they spoke in tongues and found that their frontal lobes — the thinking, willful part of the brain through which people control what they do — were relatively quiet, as were the language centers. The regions involved in maintaining self-consciousness were active. The women were not in blind trances, and it was unclear which region was driving the behavior. Read More.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
A Neuroscientific Look at Speaking in Tongues
This is fascinating, looking at the physiological changes that happen with tongues. I am not really surprised.
Posted by Ron Ballew at 12/08/2007