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Neurofeedback News and the Latest Research, August 2017

Ability to Gain Control Over One’s Own Brain Activity and its Relation to Spiritual Practice

Brain Activity and its Relation to Spiritual PracticeSpiritual 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.