There are many types of mental skills in the world. Some can do fast calculations, some are very good observations. There are many studies on people with unique intellectual abilities or talents.
Recently there has been a special study on those people who have the ability to predict future events (predict). The first and only study of its kind has found that such people have more faith in the power of God.
According to researchers, these people who can predict subconsciously complex patterns are more likely to have a stronger belief in God. The ability to predict the future in this way is called implicit pattern learning. There is a lot of belief in such people that there is a divine power that is running this universe.
Neuroscientists from Georgetown University have done this study which is published in the journal Nature Communication. This is the first time such research has been conducted on religious beliefs on implicit pattern learning. Two very different cultural and religious groups were included in this study, one from the US and one from Afghanistan.
The purpose of this study was whether the implicit pattern learning is the basis of belief and if it is, does that relationship exist in different faiths and cultures. Researchers have indeed found that implicit pattern learning plays an important role in understanding religion no matter what religion it is.
Adam Green, associate professor of the Department of Neuroscience's Interdisciplinary Program and Psychology at Georgetown, senior researcher of the study, stated, "Religion is the fundamental element in the religions around the world, 'interfering with the world to keep it in order."
Green said, "These studies are not about the existence or absence of God. This study is on how and why our brain believes in God. The inference of our study says that people whose brain is subconsciously good at capturing environmental patterns also consider them to be a high-powered hand in those patterns. "
In this study, the researchers conducted the prestigious Cognitive Test to measure the implicit pattern learning of the participants. For this, the participants had to see the sequence of points disappearing by suddenly appearing on a computer screen.
They had to press a button when every point came on the screen. Participants who had strong implicit learning abilities used to predict the pattern of dots appearing suddenly and press the right button before they arrived. But such participants did not know that it is working at the level of their unconscious mind.
Researchers then found that participants with better implicit learning ability have more faith in divine authority, regardless of their religion. They feel that this study gives a neurocognitive basis for human belief. This study can also be considered as an initial step towards finding the basis of such belief.