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An fMRI study measuring analgesia enhanced by religion as a belief system

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Although religious belief is often claimed to help with physical ailments including pain, it is unclear what psychological and neural mechanisms underlie the influence of religious belief on pain. By analogy to other top-down processes of pain modulation we hypothesized that religious belief helps believers reinterpret the emotional significance of pain, leading to emotional detachment from it. Recent findings on emotion regulation support a role for the right ventrolateral prefrontal cortex ...

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10.1016/j.pain.2008.07.030

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB Centre)
Department:
Medical Sciences Division - Clinical Neurology
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Institution:
"University of Oxford", "University of Cambridge"
Research group:
Ian Ramsey Centre
Department:
Psychology and Religion Research Group,Faculty of Divinity
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Future of Humanity Institute
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Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB Centre)
Department:
Medical Sciences Division - Clinical Neurology
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Publisher:
Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Pain Journal website
Volume:
139
Issue:
2
Pages:
467-476
Publication date:
2009-10-05
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ISSN:
0304-3959
URN:
uuid:65d7cc8c-66fa-437a-bdb5-e66612fad37e
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ora:4455

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