The Neuroscience of Spiritual Experience

A YouTube presentation by the Theosophical Society – Online (Zoom from home only. See Zoom information on the homepage.)

Presenter: Dr. Andrew Newberg

Moderator: Larry Herbison                  

Using a 21st Century perspective on the original Varieties of Religious Experience by William James, this presentation—given by one of the most influential neuroscientists today—explores the most recent research and knowledge about the many varieties of spiritual experiences. These experiences and their elements can be related to specific aspects of brain function, shown using some of the latest brain scan studies. Overall, this presentation provides a thorough and modern perspective on the varieties of spiritual experiences. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences, a field referred to as “neurotheology”. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles on brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences.