This post is laced with sarcasm, but it’s (apparently) backed up by research. Brain Shuts Off in Response to Faith Healer’s Prayer.The first paragraph:
WHEN we fall under the spell of a charismatic figure, areas of the brain responsible for scepticism and vigilance become less active. Thats the finding of a study which looked at peoples response to prayers spoken by someone purportedly possessing divine healing powers . . .