Andrew Newberg
Biography & Resources


Andrew Newberg, MD, is Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Director of NeuroPET Research, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. In collaboration with the Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, Dr. Newberg has actively pursued neuroimaging research projects, including the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders. Additionally, he has researched the neurophysiological correlates of acupuncture, meditation, and other types of complementary therapies.

Moving beyond the study of specific disorders, Dr. Newberg's research now largely focuses on how brain function is associated with various mental states—in particular, the relationship between brain function and mystical or religious experiences. The results and implications of this research are delineated in Dr. Newberg's book Why God Won't Go Away.

Dr. Newberg has presented his research at national and international scientific and religious meetings; his numerous published articles and chapters cover the topics of brain function, brain imaging, and the study of religious and mystical experiences. In addition to the extensive press he has received, he has appeared on ABC's World News Tonight and is coauthor, along with Eugene G. d'Aquili, MD, of the book The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief (Fortress Press). Dr. Newberg received a Science and Religion Course Award from the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences, to teach the course entitled "The Biology of Spirituality" in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Pennsylvania (Spring, 2000).

selected books

NeuroTheology: Brain, Science, Spirituality, Religious Experience
with Rhawn Joseph, Matthew Alper, Carol Albright Rausch, Michael Persinger, William James (Friederich Nietzsche University Press, 2003)
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Why God Won’t Go Away
with Eugene G. d’Aquili, MD and Vince Rause (Ballantine Books, 2001)
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The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious Experience
with Eugene G. d’Aquili, MD (Augsburg Fortress Publishers, 1999)
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selected articles

A Review of The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Religious

Brain Science & The Biology of Belief

selected video, audio, dvd

DVD (Alsbury Films, 2005)
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other related websites

articles & interviews