Navigation Links
Belief, disbelief and uncertainty activate distinct brain regions
Date:12/9/2007

The capacity of the human mind to believe or disbelieve a statement is a powerful force for controlling both behavior and emotion, but the basis of these states in the brain is not yet understood. A new study found that belief, disbelief and uncertainty activate distinct regions of the brain, with belief/disbelief affecting areas associated with the pleasantness/unpleasantness of tastes and odors. The study will publish online in the Annals of Neurology (http://www.interscience.wiley.com/journal/ana), the official journal of the American Neurological Association.

Led by Sam Harris of the University of California, Los Angeles, the study involved 14 adults who underwent functional MRI scans during which they were presented with short statements that they had to evaluate as true, false or undecided. Each participant underwent three scans while they evaluated statements from a broad variety of categories such as mathematical, geographical, autobiographical, religious and factual. The statements were designed to be clearly true, false or undecidable.

Contrasting belief and disbelief trials yielded increased signal in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC), which is involved in linking factual knowledge with emotion. The involvement of the VMPFC in belief processing suggests an anatomical link between the purely cognitive aspects of belief and human emotion and reward, the authors state. The fact that ethical belief showed a similar pattern of activation to mathematical belief suggests that the physiological difference between belief and disbelief is not related to content or emotional associations, they note.

The contrasts between disbelief and belief showed increased signal in the anterior insula, a region involved in the sensation of taste, the perception of pain, and the feeling of disgust, indicating that false propositions might actually disgust us, the authors state. Ou
'/>"/>

Contact: Amy Molnar
amolnar@wiley.com
Wiley-Blackwell
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Activate America(R) Brings Together YMCAs Nationwide to Promote Small Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle During America on the Move Week With the YMCA, September 22-29, 2007
2. YMCAs Activate America(R) Motivates More Than 1.3 Million People to Take 8 Billion Steps Toward a Healthier Lifestyle During America On the Move Week with the YMCA
3. Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center Receives Distinction as an ACS-Accredited Education Institute
4. J.D. Power and Associates Reports: Hackensack University Medical Center Recognized as First Hospital to Achieve Distinction for Providing an Outstanding Inpatient Experience in All Four Service Areas
5. Gene screen patent leads to Deal of Distinction
6. Distinctive Art Auction Supports American Red Cross of Central New Jersey
7. Draining away brains toxic protein to stop Alzheimers
8. Vision restoration therapy shown to improve brain activity in brain injured patients
9. Clinical depression linked to abnormal emotional brain circuits
10. Brain imaging reveals breakdown of normal emotional processing
11. Brain cells work differently than previously thought
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:11/26/2014)... DC (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 For ... (AIS) independently published The AIS Report on Blue Cross ... and WellPoint, Inc. on the varied strategies the two ... and improve compliance with treatments for sleep apnea, ranging ... sleep disorder, because it’s linked to increased rates of ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Senior Planning Services, providing “expert guidance for elder ... the adult demographic education and access to computer ... rough seas of applying for Medicaid. Part of this ... of Medicaid eligibility and proper planning, while also helping ... this coverage. , Senior Planning Services has made ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... California (PRWEB) November 26, 2014 Medical ... of 3.9 out of 5. This score represents steady ... the three years to 2014 as a result of ... medical suction machines, which are largely considered nondiscretionary. IBISWorld ... purchasing process, buyers have some degree of flexibility, given ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Sonoran Vein and Endovascular nurse, Jennifer ... Preceptorship Award from The American Association of ... advancement of nurse practitioners. The Distinguished Preceptorship Award ... made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness ... Nurse Practitioners (AANP) is the largest full-service national ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... -- The number of emergency department visits in the United ... record 136 million in 2011, according to the U.S. Centers ... that fewer people were going to ERs with non-urgent medical ... care within two hours of arriving at the ER. In ... Sixty percent of patients arrived at the ER after ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:AIS Newsletter Reports on Strategies Blues Plans Are Implementing to Combat Sleep Apnea 2Health News:AIS Newsletter Reports on Strategies Blues Plans Are Implementing to Combat Sleep Apnea 3Health News:Senior Planning Services Teams Up with SeniorNet To Educate Seniors On Medicaid Planning 2Health News:Medical Suction & Vacuum Products Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated 2Health News:Medical Suction & Vacuum Products Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated 3Health News:Medical Suction & Vacuum Products Procurement Category Market Research Report from IBISWorld has Been Updated 4Health News:Sonoran Nurse Receives Distinguished Preceptorship Award from The American Association of Nurse Practitioners 2Health News:ER Visits on the Rise, Study Reports 2
... Company,(Nasdaq: PRGO ; TASE) today announced that it ... Cream 0.1%, a generic version of,VANOS(R) Cream 0.1%. The ... an,ANDA with a Paragraph IV certification against VANOS(R)., ... to relieve the inflammation and itching caused by certain,skin ...
... suggest current dietary requirements need to be increased , , MONDAY, ... the risk of heart attack in men, says a U.S. ... and Brigham and Women,s Hospital, Boston, analyzed medical records and ... had a nonfatal heart attack or fatal heart disease, and ...
... Francisco, Calif., June 07, 2008 Results from ... announced today at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) ... Development Center, Inc. Alogliptin, which has been ... dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4), is currently under investigation as ...
... June 9 The Department of,Labor & Industry invites the ... the 10th annual Health & Safety Day from 10 a.m. ... Wing Rotunda in,Harrisburg., The event will feature an array ... home. Visitors to the event can,receive - free of charge ...
... wheel, with 2.2% reporting accidents as result , , MONDAY, June ... of sleep may be a real problem for American college ... at the University of North Texas found that 17 percent ... that group reported having accidents because of this drowsiness. A ...
... College of Physicians (ACP) today pledged its support for ... Patients and Providers Act of 2008. , "The College ... addresses and incorporates three of our top legislative priorities," ... Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Perrigo Confirms Filing for Generic Version of VANOS(R) 2Health News:Phase 3 results for alogliptin 2Health News:Phase 3 results for alogliptin 3Health News:Sleepy Driving Prevalent Among Collegians 2Health News:ACP pledges support for Medicare improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 2
(Date:11/26/2014)... Mass. , Nov. 25, 2014 Reinforcing ... Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG AEX: ... and Drug Administration (FDA) for its IQon Spectral ... imaging. This first-of-its kind technology adds a new dimension ... offering the ability to characterize structures based on their ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... , Nov. 25, 2014  Array BioPharma ... announced that its Chief Executive Officer, ... following upcoming conferences.  The public is welcome ... on the Array BioPharma website:  www.arraybiopharma.com ... 2014Time:1:30 p.m.  Eastern Time Location: Palace Hotel, ...
(Date:11/26/2014)... Nov. 25, 2014 Halozyme Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... Healthcare Conference in New York on ... . Dr. Helen Torley , President and Chief ... presentation will be webcast through the "Investors" section of Halozyme,s ... be made available for 90 days following the event. To ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for IQon Spectral CT 2Philips receives FDA 510(k) clearance for IQon Spectral CT 3Halozyme Therapeutics To Present At The Piper Jaffray Healthcare Conference 2
... Feb. 23, 2012  BioSpecifics Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: ... in class collagenase-based products marketed as XIAFLEX® in ... today announced that its partner Auxilium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. ... Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (Actelion) for the long-term development, supply ...
... Feb. 23, 2012 Idenix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... discovery and development of drugs for the treatment of ... the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2011 ... virus (HCV) development pipeline. Operational ...
Cached Medicine Technology:BioSpecifics Announces Partnership Between Auxilium and Actelion for XIAFLEX® in Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico 2BioSpecifics Announces Partnership Between Auxilium and Actelion for XIAFLEX® in Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico 3BioSpecifics Announces Partnership Between Auxilium and Actelion for XIAFLEX® in Canada, Australia, Brazil and Mexico 4Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 2Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 3Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 4Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 5Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 6Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 7Idenix Pharmaceuticals Reports Fourth Quarter and Year End 2011 Financial Results and Provides Pipeline Update 8
...
Medtronic neurosurgery external drainage and monitoring (EDM) products meet a variety of needs for CSF drainage and monitoring....
Lumbar External Drainage System (LED) with Touhy needle is indicated for temporary access to the Lumbar Subarachnoid region as a means of draining cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) in order to reduce incre...
Monitorr ICP external CSF drainage system with self-contained ICP setting....
Medicine Products: