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How God changes your brain : breakthrough findings from a leading neuroscientist

Author: Andrew B Newberg; Mark Robert Waldman
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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From the Publisher: God is great-for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies, a wide-reaching survey of people's religious and spiritual experiences, and the authors' analyses of adult drawings of God, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert Waldman offer the following breakthrough discoveries: Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Andrew B Newberg; Mark Robert Waldman
ISBN: 9780345503411 0345503414 9780345503428 0345503422
OCLC Number: 233939411
Description: xii, 348 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Author's note --
Part 1: Religion And The Human Brain --
1: Who cares about God? --
Prelude to a neurological and spiritual revolution --
2: Do you even need God when you pray? --
Meditation, memory, and the aging brain --
3: What does God do to your brain? --
Neural varieties of spiritual practice --
Part 2: Neural Evolution And God --
4: What does God feel like? --
Varieties of spiritual experience --
5: What does God look like? --
Imagination, creativity, and the visual representation of spirituality --
6: Does God have a heart? --
Compassion, mysticism, and the spiritual personalities of the brain --
7: What happens when God gets mad? --
Anger, fear, and the fundamentalist in our brain --
Part 3: Transforming Your Inner Reality --
8: Exercising your brain --
Eight ways to enhance your physical, mental, and spiritual health --
9: Finding serenity --
Meditation, intention, relaxation, and awareness --
10: Compassionate communication --
Dialogue, intimacy, and conflict transformation --
Epilogue: Is God real? --
Personal reflection --
Appendix A: Compassionate communication --
CDs, workshops, and online research --
Appendix B: How to participate in our research studies --
Appendix C: Meditation and mindfulness --
Books, CDs, and resources --
Acknowledgments --
Endnotes --
Index.
Responsibility: Andrew Newberg and Mark Robert Waldman.
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From the Publisher: God is great-for your mental, physical, and spiritual health. Based on new evidence culled from brain-scan studies, a wide-reaching survey of people's religious and spiritual experiences, and the authors' analyses of adult drawings of God, neuroscientist Andrew Newberg and therapist Mark Robert Waldman offer the following breakthrough discoveries: Not only do prayer and spiritual practice reduce stress, but just twelve minutes of meditation per day may slow down the aging process. Contemplating a loving God rather than a punitive God reduces anxiety and depression and increases feelings of security, compassion, and love. Fundamentalism, in and of itself, can be personally beneficial, but the prejudice generated by extreme beliefs can permanently damage your brain. Intense prayer and meditation permanently change numerous structures and functions in the brain, altering your values and the way you perceive reality. Both a revelatory work of modern science and a practical guide for readers to enhance their physical and emotional health, How God Changes Your Brain is a first-of-a-kind book about faith that is as credible as it is inspiring.

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