Andrew Newberg, M.D., is Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College. He is also Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. He has pursued neuroimaging research that includes the study of aging and dementia, epilepsy, and other neurological and psychiatric disorders.
He has published numerous articles and chapters and has presented his research both nationally and internationally. He is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, and Nuclear Cardiology. Dr. Newberg has been particularly involved in the study of mystical and religious experiences as well as the more general mind/body relationship. He is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Spirituality and the Mind. He is the author of a new book entitled Born to Believe: God, Science, and the Origin of Ordinary and Extraordinary Beliefs.
He has also co-authored the best selling book Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief as well as The Mystical Mind: Probing the Biology of Belief. He has appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight and has been profiled in print media including Newsweek, the New Scientist, and the Los Angeles Times.
The Overview Effect may be one of the most important experiences we can try to bring to people. This experience needs to be made available for all people. It is also crucial to bring this experience to leaders around the world, regardless of whether they are political, corporate or academic leaders. All of us can benefit from this experience.
The experience itself is deeply rooted in our biology. As a neuroscientist studying a broad variety of human experiences, it appears to me that the brain itself is capable of taking in the Overview Experience and converting such an overwhelming concept into our behaviors and thoughts. Individuals who have had the Overview experience feel a breaking down of boundaries and a sense of the interconnectedness and preciousness of the Earth and all those who live on it.
The Overview Effect is a testament to how our brain is wired to enable us to transcend our often petty goals and seek to become something greater than we already are. By encouraging others to have the Overview experience, we have the opportunity to move humanity closer to world peace by deepening our understanding of those around us and committing ourselves to improving the lives of all human beings.