Neuroscientific understanding of pro-social behavior development for Christian maturity
Neuroscientific understanding of pro-social behavior development for Christian maturity / Mariana Hwang
p. 123-142 ; 28 cm
수록자료: Journal of Christian education & information technology. Korea Society for Christian Education & Information Technology. Vol.29(2016 April), p. 123-142 29<123 ISSN 1229-9871↔ 저자: Mariana Hwang, Torch Trinity Graduate University
The purpose of this study was to find ways to integrate the neuroscience studies on prosocial behavior development with Christian education for Christian maturity. Neuroscience studies revealed that prosocial behaviors are closely associated with an individual’s social cognitive functions such as empathic ability, motivation and reward, and that the most important parts of the brain closely related to these functions are the prefrontal cortex as well as the precuneus, and the temporal-parietal junction, along with the neurotransmitter, oxytocin. Neuroscientists found that the positive relational experiences in a community, bodily practices of prosocial behaviors, and mindful meditation exercises promote the development of the prefrontal cortex. The results of the neuroscience studies also seem to support Scripture in terms of what is important for Christian formation: community for teaching and learning, living or practicing the faith, and meditating on the Word daily. The neuroscience studies affirm that the best way of teaching for Christian maturity is to practice what the Scripture teaches us to do in our faith community.