Etude said- Since that encounter, I have seen several experiments conducted which demonstrate specific areas of the brain are stimulated when someone is in a state of meditation or deep prayer or in a state of profound contemplation.
As opposed to what: 'frivilous' contemplation?
Yes, there's a burgeoning field of 'neurotheology', looking at the roots of religious beliefs in the brain. The so-called "Koren (God) helmet" seems to indicate that a feeling of "spiritual" can be elicited in non-believing individuals by exposing their temporal lobe to a strong magnetic field:
This writer of this article remains skeptical, pointing out the flaws in methodology used:
Here's the typical YouTube over-produced video (featuring narration by Morgan Freeman, etc), likely designed to accompany some book being sold to laypersons on the topic: