Dr. Andrew Newberg: Parts of the Brain, and their Role in Religious Experience

Another great excerpt from Dr. Andrew B. Newberg’s lecture, How God Changes Your Brain. Dr. Newberg is a pioneer in the area of “Neurotheology.”

“The parietal lobe… is an area of our brain that normally takes all of the sensory data [around] us and helps us to create a sense of ourself and how that self relates to the world around us. So when we start to think about different religious experiences where a person loses their sense of self or feels connected to God, for example, we might expect some changes to be going on in that particular area of the brain.”

Dr. Andrew Newberg: The Concept and Meaning of God

This past October, the Catholic Studies Program at Georgetown University hosted a talk by Dr. Andrew B. Newberg. A pioneer in the area of “Neurotheology,” Dr. Newberg discussed how belief in God corresponds to neural changes, the impact of prayer and spirituality on the promotion of health and well being, and the neural correlates of religious practices and experiences.

“…sometimes when people think about God, or when they have a spiritual experience, they’ll use other words to help describe the experience. For example, they might think of God as a being; they might think of God as love; they might think of God as a force. And of course, one of the interesting questions that we can ask – both from a phenomenological perspective, as well as from a biological one – is: …when people use these different descriptors, are they literally thinking about different things, or are them simply thinking about or feeling the same thing, and describing it differently?”


Nettifee’s Business Model, a blog post by Catholic Studies student Shelby Bartemy

In my continual search for ways to further improve my relationship and inclusion of God throughout my “every day” life, or as Father McDermott said, “live life as a prayer instead of simply praying in my life”, I was seeking to learn more about how I could apply this model of Ignatian Spirituality that I have been studying with the business model of Clean Water H20YAS. In my search, I came across Dianne Nettifee’s article titled, “Ignatian Spirituality and the Three-Fold Model of Organizational Life”. I found her article to provide not only many relevant insights that can contribute to this alignment, but also helpful explanations that will allow me to implement in my daily organizational practices. Continue reading Nettifee’s Business Model, a blog post by Catholic Studies student Shelby Bartemy