The Neurospirituality Lab, led by Dr. Michael Ferguson, bridges the research environments of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Divinity School.


The overarching mission of the Neurospirituality Lab is to identify and characterize brain processes that constitute human spirituality, with goals of creating translational impact in both medicine and spirituality studies.


Research priorities in the Neurospirituality Lab include neuroscientific investigations of:

  • Spiritual practice
  • Spiritual experience
  • Spiritual development

Broader interests for the Neurospirituality Lab include spiritual anthropology, spiritual therapeutics, and resource development for causal brain mapping.

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