Neurospirituality is Dr. Ferguson’s cutting-edge work to integrate neuroscience and spirituality studies.
Spiritual Therapeutics is Dr. Ferguson’s initiative to translate spiritual practices into evidence-based symptom treatments. Never before have humans possessed the powerful technologies that we have today to image brain functions and localize them to specific circuits. The therapeutic potential emerging from these scientific insights is phenomenal.
The general strategy is to first map spiritual practices to specific brain circuits. Then, using our knowledge about which brain circuits cause clinical symptoms, test the hypothesis that a spiritual practice can help to treat a specific symptom if they share a common brain circuit. Dr. Ferguson’s Spiritual Therapeutics research is being conducted at the Center for Brain Circuit Therapeutics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School.