Your Brain on Religion (VIDEO)

Your Brain on Religion (VIDEO) October 25, 2015

At the Atheist Alliance of America conference I gave a talk on the science of religious belief. I’ve given similar talks a few other times, but this is the first time it was actually recorded! In my talk I briefly cover some important areas within the sociology, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience of religiosity.

Here are some highlights:

  • From a sociological perspective we can see how religion reduces uncertainty and how social identity can shape people’s beliefs (i.e. creationism)
  • Adaptive psychological processes like theory of mind, agency detection, and Type 1 thinking help perpetuate religiosity
  • There is no special god part of the brain, but we can see neurological differences in atheist vs. theist brains

If you want to get a snapshot of the science behind why people are religious, check out my talk below!


As I say in the talk, this isn’t meant to be some sort of comprehensive lecture on the science of religion, but just a summary of cool research I’ve found while studying the subject. I hope you enjoy it!


Featured image is from Wikipedia. Video edited my Michael Cluff

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