Scientists Are Exploring The Human Cerebral Cortex – Part 2 of 2
The study, published Dec 25, 2013 in JAMA Psychiatry, revealed the significance of religion or spirituality was linked with thicker cortices in certain parts of the brain. The produce was stronger among those at high genetic risk for depression than those at lower risk. This was particularly evident in a part of the brain where a thinner cortex may be linked with a familial risk for developing depression, the researchers noted.
Although the weight of religion was tied with thicker cortices in some parts of the brain, the study showed the frequency of church attendance did not have the same association. This was true regardless of the participants’ genetic peril for depression. The findings only show an association between cortical thickness and religious belief “and therefore do not prove a causal association,” the study authors stressed.