The Measurement of Regional Cerebral Blood Flow During Glossolalia

Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA.
Psychiatry Research (Impact Factor: 2.47). 12/2006; 148(1):67-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2006.07.001
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Glossolalia (or "speaking in tongues") is an unusual mental state that has great personal and religious meaning. Glossolalia is experienced as a normal and expected behavior in religious prayer groups in which the individual appears to be speaking in an incomprehensible language. This is the first functional neuroimaging study to demonstrate changes in cerebral activity during glossolalia. The frontal lobes, parietal lobes, and left caudate were most affected. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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