Brain Reacts To Religion Just Like Drugs


IS THERE AN IMPACT, DO CERTAIN
PARTS OF THE BRAIN LIGHT UP, IS THERE MORE ELECTORAL ACTIVITY IN
CERTAIN PARTS OF THE BRAIN? I LOVE STUDIES LIKE THIS BECAUSE
IT IS NOT RELIANT ON SELF REPORTING, IT IS RELIABLE ON MRI
SCANS AND FROM THESE SCANS, RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND THAT A
RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE CAN BE JUST AS ADDICTIVE AS LOVE OR USING
ADDICTIVE DRUGS. THE RESEARCHERS IN THIS CASE ARE
FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND THEIR
REPORTING THAT RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES ACTIVATE
REWARD CIRCUITS IN THE BRAIN, THE SAME THAT ARE ASSOCIATED
WITH FEELINGS OF LOVE AND DRUG-INDUCED FOREX STATES. THEY
DID AT THIS STORY ON 19 YOUNG BUT ABOUT MORMONS. THESE ARE
INDIVIDUALS WHO DID MISSIONARY WORK. 12 MALES AND SEVEN
FEMALES. THEY ARE VERY MUCH DEDICATED TO THEIR RELIGION. WHAT THEY DID WAS HAVE THESE EXERCISES WHERE IT OF VAUX
SPIRITUAL FEELINGS. TO FIGURED TO TRIGGER THESE RELIGIOUS
FEELINGS, PARTICIPANTS WERE GIVEN FOR TAX OVER THE COURSE OF
AN HOUR WHILE THEIR BRAINS WERE SCANNED. THE REAL EXERCISES WERE
DESIGNATED TO MIMIC THE MORMON RELIGION. AUDIO VISIBLE
PRESENTATIONS OF RELIGIOUS MUSIC WITH IMAGES OF BIBLICAL SCENES
AND OTHER STRONGLY RELIGIOUS CONTENT. THEY ARE DOING ALL THIS
RELIGIOUS STUFF IN THERE SCANNING THE BRAINS AND TRYING
TO SEE WHICH PART OF YOUR BRAIN LIGHTS UP. HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED. WHEN OUR STUDY PARTICIPANTS WERE
INSTRUCTED TO THINK ABOUT A SAVIOR, ABOUT BEING WITH THEIR
FAMILIES FOR ETERNITY, ABOUT THEIR HEAVENLY REWARDS,
THEIR BRAINS AND THEIR BODIES PHYSICALLY RESPONDED. WHICH PART? OKAY. THEY EXPERIENCED AN
ELEVATED HEART RATE, SO THERE’S THAT, DEEPENING OF BREATH AND
ALSO ACTIVATION OF THE NUCLEUS ACCUMBENS WHICH IS THE BRAIN’S
REWARD CENTER. THEY ALSO EXPERIENCED INCREASED ALERTNESS. THERE WAS ALSO ACTIVATION OF THE VENTRAL MEDIA PREFRONTAL
CORTEX WHICH IS THE PART OF THE BRAIN, LIKES PART OF THE
BRAIN BUT DECISION-MAKING IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF IT. AS WE ALL KNOW. I DON’T
KNOW. THAT’S INTERESTING. THEY
SAID IN THE REPORTING THAT SOME OF THEM OR MANY OF THEM WERE
DRIVEN TO TEARS BY THE EXPERIENCE. BEAR IN MIND THEY
ARE IN AN FMRI. THIS IS NOT JUST SURROUNDED BY BEAUTIFUL
HOLY PLACE. YOU ARE STRAPPED INTO THIS THING LIKE YOU ARE IN
CLOCKWORK ORANGE AND THEY ARE STILL DRIVEN TO TEARS BY
THOUGHTS OF STAYING WITH HER FAMILY FOREVER AND A SAVIOR AND
ALL OF THAT WHICH IS INTERESTING, AND LOOK, THERE ARE
THINGS THAT CAUSE ME TO TEAR UP. THEIR MOVIES LIKE THE END OF
BRAVEHEART. I AM NOT GETTING THROUGH THAT WITHOUT TEARING UP
THE END, WATCHING THE MOVIE HOMEWARD BOUND. I AM GOING TO
CRY. I GET BEING MOVED BY SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE THINKING
ABOUT WATCHING BUT THE INTERESTING DISTINCTION IS THAT
THEY THINK IT’S TRUE THAT IT GETS REAL DARK. I THINK YOU ARE COMPARING
APPLES AND ORANGES. THEY WERE SHOWN IMAGES
AND LISTEN TO MUSIC. THEY WERE SHOWN A DARK. I KNOW, BUT YOU’RE TALKING
ABOUT AN EMOTIONAL MOVIE THAT PULLS ON YOUR HEARTSTRINGS. I
GET THAT. FOR THEM, THE RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE, IT’S LIKE
A DRUG. IT’S A REWARD. THEIR BRAIN IS REWARDING THEM FOR
FEELING THIS WAY SO IT BECOMES ADDICTIVE. IT IS A LITTLE DIFFERENT. I DON’T KNOW IF I’M DOING A
GOOD JOB IN ARTICULATING THE DISTINCTION. BUT DOESN’T IT SOMETIMES FEEL
LIKE, I KNOW WE ARE ALL ONE SPECIES BUT SOMETIMES IT DOESN’T
FEEL LIKE WE ARE BECAUSE FOR WHATEVER REASON, AND I GREW UP
GROWING THE CHURCH, LUTHERAN AND ROMAN CATHOLIC. MY FAMILY
EXTENSIVELY BELIEVED IN GOD OR WHATEVER, MY GRANDFATHER AT
LEAST ON ONE SIDE STILL DOES. A VERY LIBERAL CHRISTIAN. I LOOK
AT IT AND I SAY THAT’S NOT REAL. IT’S NOT EVEN A PROCESS I HAVE
TO GO THROUGH MY BRAIN AND FOR SOME PEOPLE, IT IS SO
CLEARLY TRUE THAT IT DRIVES THEM TO TEARS JUST THINKING
ABOUT IT EVEN WHILE STRAPPED INTO MEDICAL EQUIPMENT. THAT IS SUCH A DIFFERENT
PERSPECTIVE. IT’S AMAZING TO ME. I ALSO GREW GOING TO CHURCH,
EVERY SUNDAY. UNTIL I WAS 19, BUT I THINK I STARTED WHEN I WAS
FIVE OR SOMETHING. A LONG TIME, EVERY SUNDAY WENT TO CHURCH FOR
EASTER WITH MY FAMILY, MY FAMILY IS VERY RELIGIOUS. I REMEMBER
GOING TO CHURCH, ONCE I’M WITH MY GRANDMA AND I REMEMBER HER
KNEELING DOWN AND JUST SOBBING AND I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND IT.
AND OR KNOW WHY IT IS THAT IT IMPACTS CERTAIN PEOPLE IN A VERY
DIFFERENT WAY BUT IT MIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH LIFE EXPERIENCES, IT
MIGHT HAVE TO DO WITH THIS NEED TO HAVE FAITH IN AN AFTERLIFE. REMEMBER, ACCEPTING THE FACT THAT THERE IS NO AFTERLIFE IS A
VERY DIFFICULT THING FOR SOME PEOPLE TO DO. TO THINK THAT
ONCE YOU ARE DEAD, YOU ARE GONE. THERE IS NO SOLAR NOTHING. THAT IS A DIFFICULT THING FOR A LOT OF PEOPLE. I UNDERSTAND THE
LORE OF RELIGION AND I DON’T MIND RELIGIOUS PEOPLE AS LONG AS
THEIR RELIGION DOESN’T DICTATE MY LIFE OR OUR LAWMAKERS AND
POLICIES. AS LONG AS YOU ARE NOT CAUSING
HER AND OTHER PEOPLE. IF YOU ARE HAVING THIS PROFOUND
EXPERIENCE BECAUSE OF RELIGIOUS SCRIPTURE WHATEVER
IT IS, DO YOU, JUST DON’T ALLOW THAT TO DICTATE THE LIVES
OF OTHER PEOPLE.




Comments
  1. big surprise… i would never have guessed that religion, the thing used by aa to replace an addiction, is itself addictive

  2. I don't know, i rather be around a Mormon than a SJW, feminist, or liberal. I didn't even go to Thanksgiving to avoid those liberal tears. My brother in law is a huge lib who has white guilt. I don't because i'm a person of color.

    I laughed when he said he cried at Homeward Bound. I am guessing that is some dog movie.

  3. I just don't get it. How? How can religion be addictive like a drug? reward!? Dose religion give people a reward!? If the answer is yes, which this research says so, then what is this reward?

  4. There is a movie called "Very Young Girls" which clearly demonstrates how girls and boys beaten by their pimps into service become addicted to the pimp, ala Stockholm Syndrome. Tragic. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1097268/ Of course, "addicted to love" if the love is real isn't be such a bad thing, I guess.

  5. I used to be Mormon. Most people struggle to stay awake during the church meetings. The Mormon temple experience is similar to a bad trip though, I will say that.

  6. Let's not confuse religious fervor with the meditative process. Samadhi/Satori has absolutely nothing to do with organized religion.

  7. I feel the same way as John. It's like a different species.
    I remember walking home from Catechism classes when I was around 9 thinking, "That doesn't make any sense."

  8. Let me make an observation… so these religious people are Mormons, right? It's not like they did this study on Christians, Budhists, Muslims, Jewish people… Mormons in particular. And where is the Mormon church headquarters? Utah. Yes… and the University of Utah did this study.
    Sounds like a marketing move to me.

  9. No surprises here. Personally, I'm a rationality junkie. I'm pretty sure my nucleus accumbens lightens up when I come to a logical conclusion.

  10. people want to have hope if you take hope away from them they go mad feed them hope even if there is none thats what they do in mexico so people stay calm you dont want a civil war

  11. The most common symptom of mental illness is religious psychosis. Most schizophrenic patients have some component of religiously induced complex and the funny thing is that it happens even to people who had no religious upbringing before they developed schizophrenia. Adults who get drawn into religion AFTER they are grown, generally are the ones most likely to take it to extremes. 
    I personally have known 4 people who grew up irreligious, very minimal exposure to religion beyond holidays, weddings or funerals who got religion later in life and went insane. 
    One became so pious that she drove away all her friends and family. One tried to kill his son because he thought the devil was in him. One was arrested for beating people with a bible on a street corner then became homeless, wandering the streets screaming fornicator and adulterer at everyone passing by, even small children. The last sadly committed suicide when she could not live up to the wildly impossible standards set by religion.

  12. The most common symptom of mental illness is religious psychosis. Most schizophrenic patients have some component of religiously induced complex and the funny thing is that it happens even to people who had no religious upbringing before they developed schizophrenia. Adults who get drawn into religion AFTER they are grown, generally are the ones most likely to take it to extremes. 
    I personally have known 4 people who grew up irreligious, very minimal exposure to religion beyond holidays, weddings or funerals who got religion later in life and went insane. 
    One became so pious that she drove away all her friends and family. One tried to kill his son because he thought the devil was in him. One was arrested for beating people with a bible on a street corner then became homeless, wandering the streets screaming fornicator and adulterer at everyone passing by, even small children. The last sadly committed suicide when she could not live up to the wildly impossible standards set by religion.

  13. Are you now against drug use? By the way, which drugs were the standard of comparison? Have you never smoked a joint? Aren't you being a bit hypocritical, talking as if the 'drug' religious experience comparison discredits religion? What about the shamanistic tradition? Aldous Huxley. Oh, religion is as addictive as love, too? Why didn't you say that before? Of course, love is as much an illusion as is religious experience! Just chemicals. And it is so difficult to recover from a lost love. Like going cold turkey. Is the single version of religious experience you have in mind that of the Mormons? Can you put that in one box with Allen Ginsberg's version, or T.S.Eliot's? Or the Sojourners? I suggest you read William James 'The Varieties of Religious Experience'. Or Huston Smith's (M.I.T, & Stanford U. professor of philosophy and comparative religion) studies? Religious experience is associated with deep breath? Yuki! Yoga! Tears? Deeply happy feeling's.How disgusting! We should avoid causes of such! But then, maybe the thought of spending a weekend with parents living on the other side of a continent would have a similar effect? Healthier to practice forgetfulness and indifference, wouldn't you say? But, my glass of fresh orange juice in the morning is a wonderful reward. I'm sure my brain lights up. I'll have to stop that. My son who volunteers for Amnesty International is pretty passionate, feels deeply, about the value of a human life. I'll have to warn him now. What nonsense, to feel deeply about a proven illusion! Factually speaking, there is no such value, of course, except for what can be computed by an economist…………. Sorry, but I'm afraid your discussion exhibits narrow mindedness. How did you become such a convinced believer in the 'fact' of there being no reality at all to the universal intuition of (something like) a soul in the make up of the human being? How did you come to your belief that the human being is a biological machine, the brain of which is somehow afflicted by a mirage of conscious selfhood, by delusions of living in a world where purposes and values are experienced as if they are real? Where mystical experiences occur to almost everyone (shocking thought!). Why not start living the factual nothingness right away? Why wait for death? A suggestion: read A.N. Whitehead's '' The Concept of Nature' (A.N.W.: Bertrand Russell's colleague in the Principia Mathematica project. But beware, if you do, Professor Dawkins may sound kind of superficial and prejudiced ever after.

  14. so glad I chose heroin and crack over religion. this way I can be intelligent and have no one pay attention to me rather than be gullible but have everyone listen to me x

  15. I'm agnostic, but I find it super arrogant for both religious people and Atheist to pass the notion that God(s) exist or how he (it)doesn't – both parties can't prove it. They can believe or project their analysis of data that most likely spiritualty and religion doesn't exist, or using doctrine and text to prove that it does, but no-one can 100% prove the other is correct thus leaving this topic void.

  16. religion is a brain washing tactic, no shit it effects the brain like a drug. religion is the placebo effect and only the intelligent people can see through it mostly people who havnt been forced to the brain washing at a young age can see the BS that is religion

  17. They were told to think of their reward in heaven, so the reward center of the brain lights up and this is surprising why? I guess the headline, "religion makes people happy" isnt as catching… they didnt even make the obvious "religion is the opiate of the masses" reference, this is a pretty weak explanation of the science. Is love not real because it lights up these same parts of the brain? Are you going to get a divorce because dopamine is responsible for making you happy when you see your partner? Now Christianity is poisonous, dont get me wrong, but atheism is just as much a faith and it obviously gives atheists joy to debate Christianity endlessly, as if disproving Abrahamic religions equals proof of atheism. As Greek philosophers and many others understood, an explanation of the causality in nature does not disprove divinity, it is actually the means of understanding that divinity, as nature itself is divine. So science was created from the spirituality of alchemy, which is based on Greek and Egyptian philosophy, and guess what? Greeks and Pagans thought the brain played a role in how humans perceive gods and the mystical universal essence behind them all.

  18. The title is a bit misleading as there are quite a number of activities, beyond religion and drugs, that generate the such mental states. It is simply the act of repetitively engaging in any pleasurable activity to the point that it creates long lasting effects in a persons brain chemistry.

  19. Why is Ana saying there is no after-life like its so matter of fact? If you were truly an intellectual and open minded person you would likely say you have no idea one way or the other. Which would be an agnostic ideology. To me Atheists are just as comical as religious fanatics. Why do any of you profess to know anything without a shadow of a doubt? So close minded and limited.

  20. Religion is really the wrong kind of drugs to get addicted to if you see how many people get murdered by so called religous people who think their religion is "the" religion and the other is a cancer .

  21. At least it's legal. If they'd criminalise this drug, people would start meeting online and in secret, taking it in shady environments. Extreme, unregulated forms of it (peddled by dealers who want to offer a stronger, more addictive hit for less money and to control people for profit by getting them hooked) could lead to previously uncorrupted, impressionable teenagers to run away from home to join other addicts in mass insanity, fighting wars just because this potent street drug keeps promising the ultimate high if they take ever more extreme doses. I read that in some cases it causes young people to blow themselves up in search of the ultimate trip…

  22. Same as John. I grew up Catholic, going to Church attending years of Sunday school followed by 2 confirmation ceremonies, aged 8 and 11. Yet from the earliest age, my perception of church was that it was just "story time", with some singing. As an older kid, it was an opportunity to stare at the church interior, zone out for over an hour, stand when people stood, pretend to sing when people sang. They were just stories to me-I never had the urge to think I should actually believe these things to be true. Half of it didn't follow my logic, so to me it couldn't be true.
    Same with Santa-it was fun to "pretend believe", but from the earliest age, no-one could "ruin" it for me because I knew it couldn't be possible. It was obvious that it was my parents. How else would they know what I wanted? Why else would Santa like marzipan (like mum and dad) and my dad's favourite beer? Why else would I, who never fell asleep until at least 1 hour after bed, hear my parents rummaging downstairs? More importantly- no-one could fit down our chimney, everyone knows reindeer-sleighs cant fly (no aerofoil wings/jets/spinning blades-I was interested in planes) and it is logistically impossible for all those wishes to be known and delivered to in 1 night. Impossible, therefore not true. Fun story, though.
    Also, at family Christmas, we just openly gave each other gifts-no "Santa" middleman involved-why should he be needed in other situations?

    Sinterklaas was actually more believable- at least he had a slave troupe of kidnapped naughty children to pack the gifts instead of "elves", rode a normal horse, arrived on a normal boat, lived in a normal place (Madrid) and had a real human (a black guy named Piet) as his helper to get gifts into houses because the Sint appeared to be perpetually aged at least 85.
    With him it was the whole "living forever as an old man" and taking a boat "from Madrid" (middle of Spain, on a dry river) that stopped making sense.
    I am aware Sinterklaas is now (very understandably) controversial- but the above paragraph is how I saw it as a kid.

  23. It activates reward circuits in the brain. Comparing chocolate cake and drugs is similarly accurate. Science topics need to be covered by people who specialize in those topics.

  24. greatest discovies comes from christian school. like copernicus, braun, kant, hegel, einstein, goethe, newton, pascal, euler, bernoulli, gauss, weber, marx, tesla, planks, kepler, kirchoff, mozart, beethoven, macavelli,

  25. The argument that all religious people are scared of no afterlife is pretty silly. MLK, Frederick Douglas, and Harriet Tubman were hardly fearful people.

    And virtually all the Ivy League Colleges were started by ministers so to imply all religious people are just into their emotions is pretty silly also.

  26. Let me guess, the research was funded by atheist league? There is a great report done by Jon Oliver about how research is linked a piece of news to attract funding. All this research is saying is all emotions are handled by your brain. There also another juicy news that say eating what you love activates same pleasure centers as sex does. So why this news attracted TYT interests? Oh, the atheist thing again.

  27. Ana is such an anti-religion person it makes me want to kill myself because she's so annoying about it. Like, we know you hate religion you tell us like twice a day 🙄😂.

  28. If science says it reacts in the brain the same way as a drug, then couldn't it also stand to reason that like some drugs it'd would have the opposite or at least totally different effect on some people?
    Like how some people can smoke marijuana and be totally fine, while other people cling to the floor and yell at it to stop spinning

  29. how can you call "no afterlife" a fact?….how can you prove that?….that could be construed as fake news. you folks are incredibly arrogant

  30. you should research all the people of faith who feel like absolute crap most of their lives….why do they believe if they don't get "high"? Mother Theresa comes to mind….. and you aint no Mother Theresa…… communist shills

  31. Oh, how novel. TYT propagandizing against "religion" again. Gee, such an original position for them. I would never have seen a video like this coming.

  32. I wanna do more research on this😂 this is hilarious. I agree with the guy on right, it looks like every once in a while we aren't even in the same species. Everyone in my family thought I was super religious but not really. I could read the scriptures and not be moved to tears my sis on the other hand could and the funny thing is people thought she was the religious one😂.

  33. I don't want religion to affect law either because of the extreme differences among belief systems. Yet we have to remember that law is based on some sort of moral code or truth, much of which originated from a Christian faith of sorts.

  34. people like him make atheism another religion instead of alternative for religion.I am saying this because in his one of videos he cherishing atheism in china, like it is by choice and not of communist preference.I am an agnostic and not want this beautiful alternative to be another religion because without rational approach you can't make it permanent solution we can see ex soviet states as an example.

  35. lost a little respect for Anna with the comment, "..all sorts of tortuous things". To mock other people's practices facilitated by their right to freedom of religion is a low blow. it's dangerously close to mocking democracy itself. something, if i am not mistaken, you embrace.

  36. Well now, people are now attacking videogames so they should start talking about Religion, the real and most terrible addiction from all times.

  37. But no one of the GOP and right-wing Democrats wants to ban religions and cults Right now, despite this study and despite the endlless as senseless war on drugs?

  38. My dad is extremely crazy in religion and that’s why I was searching for this. He Literally does not care anything in this world. He refuses to participate in family’s activity and doesn’t go out on his own because he can’t miss a day in church. He also gets up at 4am daily to read bible and he prays all day using rosary. I never thought that this is a mental issue thing.

  39. Well that explains the weird Holy Spirit feeling I used to get when I was a Christian. Placebo effect explains all the healings. Yeah Im never goimg back.

  40. Okay ana we get it you are an athiest so what I am an ally don't ridicule my faith it is elitist and cruel

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