Attitudes towards God and immigrants can change by applying magnetic waves in the brain, scientists have claimed.
These findings are based on the technique of electromagnetic wave emissions leading to a particular area of the brain, and consequently, inducing people to change their attitudes about God.
This is certainly a bizarre experiment considering that some Christians no longer believe in God and open our arms to immigrants in this country, although some may find a threat to their values.
Scientists observed how the brain solves abstract ideological problems.
The technique is called trans-cranial stimulation (TMS), and the researchers were able to ‘shut-off’ certain groups of neurons in the brain. This study was conducted with a group of volunteers.
The EMT technique, which is used to treat depression, involves placing a large electromagnetic coil on the scalp that creates electrical currents that stimulate nerve cells in the brain region involved in controlling mood. The researchers found that the technique radically altered perceptions and religious prejudice.
Belief in God was reduced by almost a third, and 28.5% of the paticipants felt less bothered by the number of immigrants migrating to our country.
Dr. Keise Izuma, from the University of York in England, said: “People often turn to ideology when faced with problems.”
“We wanted to know if a region of the brain that is related to the solution of concrete problems, like saying how to move the body to overcome an obstacle, is also involved in solving abstract problems addressed by ideology,” said Dr. Izuma.
Scientists worked on the posterior medial frontal cortex, a brain region a few inches from the front that is associated with the detection and response to problems. These results were undoubtedly very flashy.
Volunteers were asked to rate their belief in God, heaven, hell, and the devil after undergoing pre-selection to ensure that they perform religious convictions.
Dr. Izuma said: “We decided to remind people about death, because previous research has shown that people turn to religion for comfort in the face of death.”
“As expected, we found that when we experimentally blocked the middle frontal cortex back, people were less willing to go to religious ideas of comfort despite being reminded of death.”
The American participants were shown two essays by newly arrived immigrants – one that was highly complementary about the United States, and the other was extremely critical.
Dr. Izuma said: “When we interrupt the brain region that normally helps detect and respond to threats, we saw a less negative reaction, and participants were less ideologically motivated about the author and his critical opinions.”
The research, published in the journal ‘Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience’ suggests that our brain uses the same basic mental ways to solve practical problems such as following instructions or ideological issues like immigration and religion.
Lead author Dr. Colin Holbrook, of the University of California, Los Angeles, said: “These results are very impressive, and consistent with the idea that the brain mechanisms that evolved to relatively basic functions threat -response be re-used to also produce ideological reactions.”
We are undoubtedly in the face of an incredible discovery that when properly used, can be applied in suppressing conflicts, and even in the correlative application of advanced cognitive techniques for modifying problems with the behavior.