The Biochemistry of Belief 🪴

The biochemistry of belief

  • beliefs = 
  • guiding principles in life that provide direction and meaning NT: providing meaning.. interesting 
  • preset, organized filters to our perceptions of the world
  • represent what is happening 

  • intertwined with emotions 
  • a portion of sensory info determined by our beliefs —> when we change our thinking, we change our beliefs 
  • Placebo effect, if you believe something, brain will react as if it is true 
  • interpretations of our experiences can literally alter physiology 
  • prefrontal cortex, amygdala, and hippocampus, NMDA receptor 

  • medial prefrontal cortex is involved in processing the belief valence 
  • right temporoparietal junction and precuneus involved in the processing of beliefs to moral judgment 
  • right temporoparietal junction processes true beliefs 
  • medial prefrontal cortex, superior temporal gyro, and hippocampal regions —> belief attribution 
  • dopamine 
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