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When we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. That's the finding of a study which looked at people's response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers. ... Schjødt says that this explains why certain individuals can gain influence over others, and concludes that their ability to do so depends heavily on...

2010-04-27

 prayer healer charisma authority reliance trust religion politics brain defense