How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist

A Book Review and Signing by Andrew Newberg, M.D. May 14, 2009

 Whether you are a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, or even an Atheist, thinking about God can improve your cognitive functioning, physical health, and make the world a safer place to live. In How God Changes Your Brain, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman prove, for the first time, that meditation/prayer improves memory and helps improve the aging brain, and can interrupt the devastating effects of depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and a host of stress-related disorders.

In addition to explaining how different spiritual practices change the brain, this book also teaches readers nine meditations and prayers that will neurologically enhance physical, mental, and spiritual health, and a fifteen-minute exercise that enhances relationship intimacy, even among strangers. How God Changes Your Brain also tackles fascinating questions such as: What does God look like? What does God feel like? And what happens when God gets angry? Whether you are searching for answers to age-old questions or want to learn about the most effective ways of improving your brain, How God Changes Your Brain is a powerful guide to help you in that journey.

Andrew B. Newberg, M.D. is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a staff physician in Nuclear Medicine. He is also the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Spirituality and the Mind, where much of his research focuses on the relationship between brain function and various mystical and religious experiences. Aside from his latest book, he has co-authored the best selling book, Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief (Ballantine), and has written Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs (Free Press), and The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief (Fortress Press). He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, and ABC World News Tonight, as well as in a number of media articles including Newsweek, the New Scientist, the Los Angeles Times, and Readers Digest.

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