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Is there any study done on the claim that the area of the brain associated with the sense of self "shuts down" when praying?

In the NBC News article "What Happens to Your Brain When You Pray?", Newberg makes the following statement:

it was particularly "fun" to watch what happened inside the brains of a group of Franciscan nuns when they joined together in a meditative prayer. The area of the brain associated with the sense of self began to "shut down".

He didn't show any documents, scans, or pictures that back up this claim. And according to Quora question "What part of the brain is responsible for sense of self?", the area of the brain associated with the sense of self hasn't been located yet.

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    more about meditation – Grasper May 25 '17 at 17:24
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    Newberg seems to have rather specific info about areas of the brain. – GEdgar May 25 '17 at 20:03
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    @PoloHoleSet: Aren't meditation and prayer entirely different things? Prayer is (conventionally, at least) asking a deity for favors. which would seem to imply belief in that deity. One can meditate without believing in any deity at all. – jamesqf May 26 '17 at 6:15
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    @jamesqf There are several types of prayer. The prayer described in the question is more similar to a meditation mantra than an actual favor-asking prayer, so the comparison with meditation isn't out of line. – T. Sar May 26 '17 at 10:52
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    @TSar: Exactly. So the claim is wrong because they are not testing what happens during prayer, but what happens during meditation. – jamesqf May 28 '17 at 3:52

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