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date: 22 August 2019

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This chapter describes several areas of research in cognitive neuroscience that have potentially great relevance to the study of religious conversion. These areas include the nature of human brain development, neuroplasticity, temporal lobe epilepsy, visual processing, and meditation. The chapter also addresses the conceptual and methodological challenges facing anyone who tries to identify meaningful connections between brain functioning and religious conversion. The overall aim is to map out the most likely future paths that researchers will follow in seeking a better understanding of how changes in brain/mind functioning correlate with changes in a person’s religious and/or spiritual orientation.

Keywords: brain, conversion, cognitive neuroscience, meditation, epilepsy, neuroplasticity

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