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Supporting Evidence: New Research
Supporting Jaynes' Bicameral Mind Theory

Neurotheology / Religion and the Right Hemisphere

Supporting Evidence > Neurotheology / Religion and the Right Hemisphere


Julian Jaynes describes an earlier mentality prior to the development of subjective consciousness called the bicameral mind, in which the brain's hemispheres operated in a less integrated manner than they do today. Jaynes's bicameral mind theory is perhaps the best explanation for why the right hemisphere is often associated with religious beliefs. Below is a small sample of research supporting this aspect of Jaynes's theory.


Sudden Religious Conversions in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy
Dewhurst, Kenneth and A. W. Beard. The British Journal of Psychiatry, 1970, 117 (540) 497-507.

Dr. A.M. - A Rare Case of a Modern Mystic? Implications for Psychology and Medicine
Facco, Enrico, Daniela Lucangeli, Patrizio E. Tressoldi. University of Padova, Italy, Feb. 28, 2016

The Neurosciences of Religion
Grassie, William. In William Grassie, The New Sciences of Religion, 2010, pp. 93-110.

Was Religion a Kinship Surrogate?
MacIntyre, Ferren. Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 2004, 72, 3: 653-694.

Mysterium Tremendum
Peterson, Gregory R. Zygon, June 2002.

Religion: Is It All In Your Head?
Talan, Jamie. Psychology Today, 1998, 31 (2): 9.

Functional and Dysfunctional Religious/Spiritual Beliefs in Psychotic Disorders
Unterrainer Human-Friedrich. In H.F. Angel, L. Oviedo, R. Paloutzian, A. Runehov, and R. Seitz, (eds.), Processes of Believing: The Acquisition, Maintenance, and Change in Creditions, 2017, pp. 167-180.