Mental Health, Religion & Culture
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Study evaluated 109 individuals with traumatic brain injury from the United States and India, including Christians, Hindus, and Muslims, to determine if right hemisphere/right parietal lobe (RH/RPL) selflessness is a universal neuropsychological foundation for spiritual transcendence across cultures and religions. Research has shown that increased spiritual transcendence is related to decreased RH/RP functioning, which has been inferred as relating to increased selflessness. Participants completed measures of spiritual transcendence and spatial perception as an index of the functional integrity of the RH/RPL. Spearman correlations indicated that decreased RH/RPL functioning is significantly associated with increased spiritual transcendence for the entire sample, but not for different cultures or religions, likely due to decreased statistical power. The results suggest that decreased RH/RPL-related selflessness is a universal neuropsychological foundation for spiritual transcendence across cultures and faith traditions, which is interpreted individually based on cultural and religious background (e.g., closeness to God, Allah, and Brahman).
Johnstone, Brick, Hanks, Robin, Bhushan, Braj, Cohen, Daniel, Roseberry, Jarett, Yoon, Dong P.