Fri, 13 August 2021

6:30 pm - 7:30 pm BST

The Neuroscience of Spirituality and Our Search for Meaning

Lisa Miller In Conversation With David Malone

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Clinical psychologist Lisa Miller joins us for a ground-breaking exploration of the science of spirituality and a bold new paradigm for health, healing and resilience.

In this talk, Columbia University Professor Miller draws on her clinical experience and award-winning research to show how an active spiritual life can transform our physical and psychological wellbeing. She has spent decades researching the effects of spirituality on the brain. She makes a clear distinction between spirituality and religion: she argues that spirituality is an innate personal capacity that everyone is born with, while religion is one of its many cultural representations.

Bringing scientific rigour to the most intangible aspect of our lives, Miller offers insights into the neurological basis for the increased resilience that comes with nurturing spirituality and highlights its measurable positive effects: decreasing the likelihood of depression and substance abuse, and shifting the course of recovery in many other clinical settings.

Brimming with inspiration and compassion, this talk will revolutionize your understanding of spirituality, mental health and how we find meaning and purpose in life.


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Lisa Miller

Professor of Psychology, Columbia University

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and is Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology. Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMA-Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

David Malone

Award-winning Science Filmmaker

David Malone is a filmmaker and TV presenter whose documentaries include Testing God, Soul Searching (both Channel 4), Dangerous Knowledge and The Secret Life of Waves (both BBC). He is the author of The Debt Generation.