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mark_waldmanMark Waldman
Author, Therapist
Associate Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

What happens in the brain during religious experience?

Waldman, along with his colleague, Andrew Newberg, M.D., has shown how a variety of different spiritual practices, including devotional prayer and meditation, can change the function and structure of the brain. In his April 2010 lecture for the Mind Science Foundation, Waldman discusses how meditation and contemplative prayer can reduce stress, and relieve anxiety and depression. These practices can also enhance memory and cognition, as well our capacities for empathy, compassion, and love. Waldman’s work demonstrates how simple techniques that anyone can use – young or old, religious or secular – may yield improvements in health and human happiness.

Source: Mind Science Foundation

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