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How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist Hardcover – 24 Mar 2009

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (24 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345503414
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345503411
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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"To this musty debate, Newberg, perhaps America's leading expert on the neurological basis of religion, brings a fresh perspective. His new book summarizes several years of groundbreaking research on the biological basis of religious experience. And it offers plenty to challenge skeptics and believers alike."--Michael Gerson's editorial dedicated to the book for The Washington Post
"The authors present an elaborate, engaging meditation program to reduce anger and fear and increase serenity and love. They embrace faith (not necessarily religious), diversity, tolerance, and "compassionate communication. . . . A substantial advance in the self-help/spirituality genre and an excellent choice for general collections."--"Library Journal""
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"Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman give us a magnificent, comprehensive explanation of how spiritual beliefs and experiences enhance changes in our brains and yield better health and well-being. They bring science and religion closer together."--Herbert Benson, M.D., author of "The Relaxation Response"
"How God Changes Your Brain is a highly practical, easy-to-read guide on the interface between spirituality and neuroscience, filled with useful information that can make your brain and your life better, starting today!"--Daniel G. Amen, M.D. author of "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
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"Not since William James's "The Varieties of Religious Experience" has there been a work that so exquisitely integrates science and spirituality. Newberg and Waldman have written a book that is wise, up-to-date, scholarly, mature, and imaginative. At the same time it is a down-to-earth work that will surely inspire repeated readings."--George Vaillant, M.D., author of "Spiritual Evolution"
"How God Changes Your Brain boldly explores the relationship between the structure of our brains and our ability not only to experience but to cultivate innate compassion and deep inner peace." --Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., author of "My Stroke of Insight"
"The authors present an illuminating and encouraging view of the inner and outer workings of our neurological perception of reality and how profoundly it is affected by our spiritual practices. Their practical exercises for a brain tune-up are revolutionary, and I'm enjoying immensely including them in my daily spiritual regime." --Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of "Spiritual Liberation
""Stimulating and provocative. . . .The authors conclude that meditation and other spiritual practices permanently strengthen neural functioning in specific parts of the brain that aid in lowering anxiety and depression, enhancing social awareness and empathy, and improving cognitive functioning.. . . this forceful study could stir controversy among scientists and philosophers.""--Publishers Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition."

To this musty debate, Newberg, perhaps America's leading expert on the neurological basis of religion, brings a fresh perspective. His new book summarizes several years of groundbreaking research on the biological basis of religious experience. And it offers plenty to challenge skeptics and believers alike. --Michael Gerson s editorial dedicated to the book for The Washington Post
The authors present an elaborate, engaging meditation program to reduce anger and fear and increase serenity and love. They embrace faith (not necessarily religious), diversity, tolerance, and compassionate communication. . . . A substantial advance in the self-help/spirituality genre and an excellent choice for general collections. "Library Journal""
"
Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman give us a magnificent, comprehensive explanation of how spiritual beliefs and experiences enhance changes in our brains and yield better health and well-being. They bring science and religion closer together. Herbert Benson, M.D., author of "The Relaxation Response"
How God Changes Your Brain is a highly practical, easy-to-read guide on the interface between spirituality and neuroscience, filled with useful information that can make your brain and your life better, starting today! Daniel G. Amen, M.D. author of "Change Your Brain, Change Your Life
"
Not since William James s "The Varieties of Religious Experience" has there been a work that so exquisitely integrates science and spirituality. Newberg and Waldman have written a book that is wise, up-to-date, scholarly, mature, and imaginative. At the same time it is a down-to-earth work that will surely inspire repeated readings. George Vaillant, M.D., author of "Spiritual Evolution"
How God Changes Your Brain boldly explores the relationship between the structure of our brains and our ability not only to experience but to cultivate innate compassion and deep inner peace. Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., author of "My Stroke of Insight"
The authors present an illuminating and encouraging view of the inner and outer workings of our neurological perception of reality and how profoundly it is affected by our spiritual practices. Their practical exercises for a brain tune-up are revolutionary, and I m enjoying immensely including them in my daily spiritual regime. Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of "Spiritual Liberation
" Stimulating and provocative. . . .The authors conclude that meditation and other spiritual practices permanently strengthen neural functioning in specific parts of the brain that aid in lowering anxiety and depression, enhancing social awareness and empathy, and improving cognitive functioning.. . . this forceful study could stir controversy among scientists and philosophers. " Publishers Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition.""

To this musty debate, Newberg, perhaps America's leading expert on the neurological basis of religion, brings a fresh perspective. His new book summarizes several years of groundbreaking research on the biological basis of religious experience. And it offers plenty to challenge skeptics and believers alike. --Michael Gerson s editorial dedicated to the book for The Washington Post
The authors present an elaborate, engaging meditation program to reduce anger and fear and increase serenity and love. They embrace faith (not necessarily religious), diversity, tolerance, and compassionate communication. . . . A substantial advance in the self-help/spirituality genre and an excellent choice for general collections. Library Journal

Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman give us a magnificent, comprehensive explanation of how spiritual beliefs and experiences enhance changes in our brains and yield better health and well-being. They bring science and religion closer together. Herbert Benson, M.D., author of The Relaxation Response
How God Changes Your Brain is a highly practical, easy-to-read guide on the interface between spirituality and neuroscience, filled with useful information that can make your brain and your life better, starting today! Daniel G. Amen, M.D. author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

Not since William James s The Varieties of Religious Experience has there been a work that so exquisitely integrates science and spirituality. Newberg and Waldman have written a book that is wise, up-to-date, scholarly, mature, and imaginative. At the same time it is a down-to-earth work that will surely inspire repeated readings. George Vaillant, M.D., author of Spiritual Evolution
How God Changes Your Brain boldly explores the relationship between the structure of our brains and our ability not only to experience but to cultivate innate compassion and deep inner peace. Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., author of My Stroke of Insight
The authors present an illuminating and encouraging view of the inner and outer workings of our neurological perception of reality and how profoundly it is affected by our spiritual practices. Their practical exercises for a brain tune-up are revolutionary, and I m enjoying immensely including them in my daily spiritual regime. Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation
Stimulating and provocative. . . .The authors conclude that meditation and other spiritual practices permanently strengthen neural functioning in specific parts of the brain that aid in lowering anxiety and depression, enhancing social awareness and empathy, and improving cognitive functioning.. . . this forceful study could stir controversy among scientists and philosophers. Publishers Weekly

From the Hardcover edition."

"To this musty debate, Newberg, perhaps America's leading expert on the neurological basis of religion, brings a fresh perspective. His new book summarizes several years of groundbreaking research on the biological basis of religious experience. And it offers plenty to challenge skeptics and believers alike."--Michael Gerson's editorial dedicated to the book for The Washington Post
"The authors present an elaborate, engaging meditation program to reduce anger and fear and increase serenity and love. They embrace faith (not necessarily religious), diversity, tolerance, and "compassionate communication. . . . A substantial advance in the self-help/spirituality genre and an excellent choice for general collections."--Library Journal

"Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman give us a magnificent, comprehensive explanation of how spiritual beliefs and experiences enhance changes in our brains and yield better health and well-being. They bring science and religion closer together."--Herbert Benson, M.D., author of The Relaxation Response
"How God Changes Your Brain is a highly practical, easy-to-read guide on the interface between spirituality and neuroscience, filled with useful information that can make your brain and your life better, starting today!"--Daniel G. Amen, M.D. author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life

"Not since William James's The Varieties of Religious Experience has there been a work that so exquisitely integrates science and spirituality. Newberg and Waldman have written a book that is wise, up-to-date, scholarly, mature, and imaginative. At the same time it is a down-to-earth work that will surely inspire repeated readings."--George Vaillant, M.D., author of Spiritual Evolution
"How God Changes Your Brain boldly explores the relationship between the structure of our brains and our ability not only to experience but to cultivate innate compassion and deep inner peace." --Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., author of My Stroke of Insight
"The authors present an illuminating and encouraging view of the inner and outer workings of our neurological perception of reality and how profoundly it is affected by our spiritual practices. Their practical exercises for a brain tune-up are revolutionary, and I'm enjoying immensely including them in my daily spiritual regime." --Michael Bernard Beckwith, author of Spiritual Liberation
"Stimulating and provocative. . . .The authors conclude that meditation and other spiritual practices permanently strengthen neural functioning in specific parts of the brain that aid in lowering anxiety and depression, enhancing social awareness and empathy, and improving cognitive functioning.. . . this forceful study could stir controversy among scientists and philosophers."--Publishers Weekly

From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Andrew Newberg, M.D., is the director of the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. He is one of the founders of the new interdisciplinary field called neurotheology. He is an associate professor in the department of radiology, with secondary appointments in the departments of psychiatry and religious studies, at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been featured on Good Morning America, Nightline, Discovery Channel, BBC, NPR, and National Geographic Television. He is the co-author of Why God Won't Go Away, Born to Believe, and The Mystical Mind.
Mark Robert Waldman is an associate fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a therapist, the author or co-author of ten books, including Born to Believe (with Andrew Newberg), and was the founding editor of Transpersonal Review. He lectures throughout the country on neuroscience, religion, and spirituality and conducts research with numerous religious and secular groups. His work has been featured in dozens of newspapers and magazines and on syndicated radio programs.

From the Hardcover edition. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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The title of this book may give some people the wrong idea. 'How God Changes Your Brain' discusses Newberg & Waldman's latest neuroscientific research into how the brain is affected by various spiritual practises - particularly meditation, prayer & contemplation of God or a positive secular image. The tone is objective & the authors are not interested in pushing either a religious or anti-religious agenda.

Whether or not God actually exists is not discussed. For the authors, whether someones' beliefs are factually correct is secondary to whether or not they are actually good for their physical & mental health. Which for the most part, they are - apparently different methods of meditation & prayer have different, yet universally positive, effects on our neurological functioning & physical & emotional health. According to the authors, "even minimal religious participation is correlated with enhancing longevity & personal health". Conversely, there is a chapter on the damaging effect of beliefs in a punitive, wrathful God (increased stress & paranoia) but the main message is a positive one.

A sizeable seciton of this book outlines practical exercises for enhancing various mental processes, which have been scientifically proven to work. These mainly consist of different forms of meditation but bizarrely include yawning - which is apparently so good for improving alertness & creating feelings of empathy that the authors recommend 10-20 forced yawns before meditaiton or prayer.

This an inspiring book on a number of levels. For instance, I personally don't believe in the literal existence of God & while this book has not changed my opinion, the authors' respect for people with different beliefs has rubbed off on me.
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How God Changes Your Brain by Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman, Ballantine Books, New York, 2009, 364 ff.

The health benefits of spirituality
By Howard Jones

The health benefits of various forms of spiritual meditation have been known for many years - hence the popularity of yoga and other eastern meditative practices. Meditation generates endorphins and thereby reduces heart rate and blood pressure; it produces relaxed breathing and a general feeling of wellbeing. The associated mind-set promotes an attitude of beneficence towards our fellow man, and that can only be a good thing for all concerned. The well-being produced by spirituality is the subject of this book.

Andrew Newberg is an Associate Professor of Radiology and Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Mark Robert Waldman is an Associate Fellow at the Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the same university. Newberg earlier wrote a book with his mentor, Eugene d'Aquili, called The Mystical Mind, on the same theme and he has a number of books and papers on mind and meditation to his name.

The important point emphasised by Newberg in his books and lectures is that you do not have to believe in the God of western religion in order to be spiritual and to benefit from meditative practices: `Spiritual practices, even when stripped of religious beliefs . . . improve physical and emotional health.' It is important therefore to distinguish, as the authors do, between religion and spirituality. Even the term `God' is used here in a generic sense to denote the highest of our spiritual values. This `God' exists in the world, in our subconscious perception and in our conscious images and concepts.
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I found this book a mature well balanced read, bridging the findings of the mystics with neuro science. Thankfully the book distances itself from the myopic atheism of Dawkins and approaches the subject of spirituality with honesty and integrity. I found the authors findings are a little compartmentalised however, mapping certain meditational experiences within certain regions of the brain. If the reader is not careful then one could be lead into the conclusion that the spiritual experience is merely the by product of physiological processes. It is difficult to ascertain whether the authors attribute consciousness as a local phenomenon of the brain or not because of the acceptance of neuro plasticity, which the spiritual masters have advocated long before mainstream science addressed the topic. By accepting the premise that an individual can re wire themselves and so eventually start to create their own reality is the most empowering part of the book, but shys from actually embracing the more miraculous aspects of this premise.
The book includes quite a few meditation excercises, including "conscious yawning" detailing the benefits of each method. I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone with an interest in spirituality rather than religion and also satisfies those with a scientific orientation.
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I found this a fascinating and informative book. The author is a practicing neurologist and has researched this subject of religion and mediation over a long period of time with a colleague, as regards how this state of mind improves ones cognitive pathways. They discovered that stimulation of the anterior cingulate slows down activity in the amygdala, which means we are calmer and more reasonable. It is well written and I would encourage any one who is interested in the brain to read it. I would think agnostics and atheist would find it of equal benefit.
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