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How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain

Dr. Andrew Newberg is the author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain.

Produced by: KBOO
Program : Pathways
Air date: Sun, 12/31/2017 – 8:30am to 9:00am

He is board certified in internal medicine and nuclear medicine.Dr. Newberg has coauthored 4 books with Mark Waldman-and are the world’s leading experts on spirituality and the brain-between the 2 of them they have authored and edited over 20 books and over 100 academic papers.  National bestseller “How God Changes Your Brain” was picked by Oprah as a must read book in 2013  Their research has been featured in Time, Newsweek, the NYTimes, WPOST, Forbes, Entrepreneur and Oprah-and have appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs –including NPR and PBS.

Andrew has been asking questions about reality, truth, and God since he was very young, and he has long been fascinated by the human mind and its complex workings. While a medical student, he met Dr. Eugene d’Aquili, who was studying religious experiences. Combining their interests with Andrew’s background in neuroscience and brain imaging, they were able to break new theoretical and empirical ground on the relationship between the brain and religion.

Andrew’s research now largely focuses on how brain function is associated with various mental states—in particular, religious and mystical experiences. His research has included brain scans of people in prayer, meditation, rituals, and trance states, as well as surveys of people’s spiritual experiences and attitudes. He has also evaluated the relationship between religious or spiritual phenomena and health, and the effect of meditation on memory. He believes that it is important to keep science rigorous and religion religious.

Andrew has also used neuroimaging research projects to study aging and dementia, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, depression, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.


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