Andrew Newberg


When Janet Bray Attwood and Chris Attwood were writing The Passion Test, they wondered how passion affects the brain. One of the people they consulted was Dr. Andrew Newberg, co-founder of the Center for the Mind and Spirituality at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newberg’s specialty is the effect of our beliefs on your experience of life.


In this fascinating interview you’ll learn:

1) How your beliefs affect everything you experience

2) How your brain physiology changes based on your beliefs

3) The value, from a physiological perspective, of discovering your top passions

4) Why repeating the Passion Test process leads to deeper and deeper insights

5) What happens in the brain when one moves from confusion to clarity


About Dr. Andrew Newberg

Dr. Andrew Newberg 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 is Board-certified in Internal Medicine and Nuclear Medicine. He is considered a pioneer in the neuroscientific study of religious and spiritual experiences, a field frequently referred to as – neurotheology.

Dr. Newberg has published over 150 research articles, essays and book chapters, and is the co-author of the best selling books, Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief (Ballantine, 2001) and How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist (Ballantine, 2009). He has also published, Principles of Neurotheology (Ashgate, 2011) Why We Believe What We Believe (Ballantine, 2006), and The Mystical Mind (Fortress Press, 1999). He has presented his research throughout the world in both scientific and public forums. He appeared on Nightline, 20/20, Good Morning America, ABC’s World News Tonight, National Public Radio, London Talk Radio and over fifteen nationally syndicated radio programs. His work has been featured in Time, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, th e Philadelphia Inquirer, and many other newspapers and magazines