Born Again—and Brain Damage

By Russ Baker on Jun 9, 2011

A new study from Duke University researchers concludes that the Born Again experience may be connected in some way with shrinkage of a part of the brain, possibly caused by stress.

Significantly greater hippocampal atrophy was observed for participants reporting a life-changing religious experience.

“Hippocampal atrophy” involves the deterioration of the brain segment involved with retention and retrieval of information. In other words, short term and long term memory (plus the ability to navigate.)

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