Grand Rounds: Neurospirituality: Science, Circuit, Soul

Event Date: March 1st, 2022

Michael Ferguson, PhD, Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics, BWH

Grand Rounds: Neurospirituality: Science, Circuit, Soul

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Title: “Neurospirituality: Science, Circuit, Soul”

Presenter: Michael Ferguson, PhD,
Neurospirituality Research Director,
Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics,
Bigham and Women’s Hospital

Description: It is commonly assumed that medicine and spirituality are non-overlapping domains, but this segregation is a modern construction. For our March 1st Grand Rounds, using advanced brain circuit mapping techniques developed at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Dr. Michael Ferguson will demonstrate how neuroscience and spirituality are successfully being applied to study one another. He will further identify ways that “neurospirituality” may translate into clinical opportunities for spiritual therapeutics

Date/Time: Tuesday, March 1st | 8:00am – 9:00am US EDT
Cost: Free. CME credit available.
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If you want to request CME credit for virtual participation, to be eligible, send an email between 8:00-8:30am on Tuesday, December 7th with your full name, degree and organization to [email protected].

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Presenter Biography:

Dr. Michael Ferguson is an Instructor in Neurology at Harvard Medical School, a Lecturer on Neurospirituality at Harvard Divinity School, and a course co-instructor on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Meditation at Harvard College. He earned his PhD in bioengineering at the University of Utah where he studied religious experience using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Ferguson completed postdoctoral fellowships in Cognitive Neuroscience at Cornell University and in Cognitive Neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center before joining the Neurology faculty at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Of historical note, he and his husband were the first same-sex couple legally married in the state of Utah. Additionally, Dr. Ferguson was the named plaintiff in Ferguson v. JONAH which was the first and (to date) the only lawsuit in the United States to shut down a gay conversion therapy provider. Dr. Ferguson is thrilled to be at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and is especially grateful for the tremendous encouragement he has received at the Brigham for integrating diverse methods from brain imaging and spirituality studies.


TEDx Talk: This Is Your Brain On God

Introduction to Neurospirituality, YouTube video

Personal academic website

Ferguson, M.A., Schaper, F.L., Cohen, A., Siddiqi, S., Merrill, S.M., Nielsen, J.A., Grafman, J., Urgesi, C., Fabbro, F. and Fox, M.D., 2022. A neural circuit for spirituality and religiosity derived from patients with brain lesions. Biological psychiatry, 91(4), pp.380-388