100% secular / Paranormal belief and brain chemistry
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On our Hellbound Alleee show about synchronicity, I recently revisited an old New Scientist article entitled "Paranormal beliefs linked to brain chemistry". An extract :
Believers were much more likely than sceptics to see a word or face when there was not one, Brugger revealed last week at a meeting of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies in Paris. However, sceptics were more likely to miss real faces and words when they appeared on the screen.
The researchers then gave the volunteers a drug called L-dopa, which is usually used to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease by increasing levels of dopamine in the brain.
Both groups made more mistakes under the influence of the drug, but the sceptics became more likely to interpret scrambled words or faces as the real thing.
I'm going to go ahead and give a little grumble at the fact that they divided people between "believers" and "skeptics", but apart from that it's a great article.