Although there is wide acknowledgement that spiritual
transformations occur and that they can have profound effects on
the life of a person, group or society, there have been few integrated
scientific studies conducted that account for the nature of
the various biological, psychosocial, and cultural conditions and
factors that underlie spiritual transformations. This lack of scientific
study is due, in part, to the long-term historical divide between
scientific investigation and matters of religion.
The Spiritual Transformation Scientific Research Program
seeks to fill this important gap in our knowledge by rigorously
investigating various aspects of the sociocultural, psychological
and neurological factors that underlie the processes of spiritual
transformations of individuals and groups.
The research conference and the funded projects
will help to create an interdisciplinary field in the human sciences
for researching spiritual transformation using cutting edge methodologies
and experimental designs that may potentially provide new insights
in this area of investigation. We have an opportunity to create
a new field of inquiry, freed from the prejudices of the past, to
examine diverse religious and spiritual phenomena with scientific
Click here for the Directors
of the program.