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Using Pictures to Evoke Spiritual feelings in Breast Cancer Patients: Development of a New Paradigm for Neuroimaging Studies

L. L. Symonds, L. Yang, M. M. Mande, L. A. Mande, A. J. Blow, J. R. Osuch, M. B. Boivin, B. Giordani, P. S. Haan and S. S. Smith
Journal of Religion and Health
Vol. 50, No. 2 (June 2011), pp. 437-446
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41349799
Page Count: 10
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Using Pictures to Evoke Spiritual feelings in Breast Cancer Patients: Development of a New Paradigm for Neuroimaging Studies
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Abstract

This study was designed to develop and validate a method for enhancing spiritual feelings, particularly in women who have received a diagnosis of breast cancer. The protocol specifically was developed to be used in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies. Eighteen breast cancer survivors rated pictures for their ability to enhance feelings of spirituality, happiness, and sadness. Results indicate that presenting carefully selected pictures with spiritual content (e. g., nature scenes, people engaged in contemplative behaviors) can effectively enhance spiritual feelings among breast cancer survivors. Future fMRI studies will explore the use of the protocol developed in this study for investigating neural activity during spiritual feelings and states.

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