Ability to Gain Control Over One’s Own Brain Activity and its Relation to Spiritual Practice
Spiritual practice, in this case prayer and/or meditation in specific, has long been thought to increase modulation of brain activity can lead to improvements in cognition and behavior.
These researchers investigated whether people who pray frequently show a higher ability of self-control over their own brain activity compared to a control group of individuals who rarely pray. All participants underwent structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and one session of neurofeedback training.
Individuals who reported a high frequency of prayer showed improved neurofeedback performance compared to individuals who reported a low frequency of prayer.