Image: Alex Shumilov is the first customer to walk out of the Apple store on Fifth Avenue in New York with iPad 2s.
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Alex Shumilov praises St. Jobs, er ... actually he just celebrates being the first person to buy an iPad 2 from the Appple store in Manhattan in March.
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updated 5/22/2011 4:14:21 PM ET 2011-05-22T20:14:21

The cult of Apple is real, according to neuroscientists.

They compared MRIs of Apple fans' brains to those of people who call themselves "very religious" and found that Apple and religion light up the same part of the brain. This means that Apple triggers the same feelings and reactions in people as religion.

The BBC highlights the finding in an upcoming documentary, "Secrets of Superbrands."

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The documentary also likens Apple Stores to cathedrals. "Apple stores often feature stone or other types of austere, simple flooring like a church with products mounted on pedestals like individual altars," writes Inc's Renee Oricchio.

Apple store launches are like religious experiences too. "The scenes I witnessed at the opening of the new Apple store in London's Covent Garden were more like an evangelical prayer meeting than a chance to buy a phone or a laptop," writes Alex Riley and Adam Boome of the BBC.

"Inside the store, glassy-eyed staff were whipped up into a frenzy of excitement, jumping up and down, clapping and shouting. When the doors finally opened, they hysterically 'high-fived' and cheered hundreds of delirious customers flooding in through the doors for hours on end."

It seems Steve Jobs really is a God to some people.

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