Talks & Topics
Nature & Environment
Talks & debates

All in the Mind: Neuroscience and Belief

Part of Belief and Beyond Belief

What can neuroscience tell us about the brain of a believer?

Do prayer and worship make the brain light up in surprising ways? Do certain pathways in the brain make us more prone to particular beliefs, or do beliefs themselves influence the way our brain functions? Can religion be explained as merely brain impulses, or does the study of the brain deepen the possibility of God’s existence?

A panel of neuroscientists, psychologists and scientists with religious beliefs, discuss what neuroscience and cutting edge research can tell us about the brain chemistry of belief.

The panel includes:

- Baroness Susan Greenfield CBE, a British scientist, writer, broadcaster who specialises in the physiology of the brain

- Dr Paola Dazzan of King’s College London who was named Psychiatric Academic Researcher of the Year 2014 by the Royal College of Psychiatrists at the RCPsych Awards 2014

- Dr Chetna Kang, a consultant psychiatrist, broadcaster and priest in the Hindu tradition of Bhakti Yoga. She is on the Executive Committee for the Royal College of Psychiatrists Spirituality in Psychiatry SIG and is on the Royal College of Psychiatrists Public Engagement Editorial Board. For the past three years she has presented a weekly radio show on BBC 3CR called Shrink Wrapped and also features on Radio Four's Thought for the Day and Beyond Belief.

The pane is chaired by Ike Anya, who was born in Nigeria and qualified at the College of Medicine of the University of Nigeria in 1995. He is currently a consultant and associate director of public health and an honorary lecturer at Imperial College. He sits on the epidemiology and black and ethnic minority health section councils of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dates & times

This event has passed.


Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green side, Royal Festival Hall


Included in Pass

need to know

This event is included in both the Saturday and Weekend Passes, and is part of The Search for the Meaning of Life Weekend.

Speech-to-Text Transcription
This talk is Speech-to-Text-transcribed.

Concessionary access tickets and specific seating requirements can be arranged through our free Access Scheme.

To join the scheme or find out more, email [email protected] or call the Ticket Office on 020 7960 4200.