2021 INS Annual Meeting
Online Conference
November 4-5

Justice, Religion and Neuroscience: Promoting Socially Transformative Wellbeing

Thursday, November 4, 2021
1:30pm EDT / 17:30 UTC

Social justice is defined broadly as a shared goal of addressing patterns of domination, oppression, and marginalization on the basis of nationality, race, gender, ability, economic status, and religion, in order to promote equitable wellbeing. This interest in human wellbeing and flourishing is shared by both neuroscience and religion.

This panel will explore the intersections between religious practices that aim to improve wellbeing by transforming individual and collective abilities to counteract oppressive and dominating social forces, and neuroscientific research that aims to explain the effects of these negative forces on the brain and uncover the neural basis for these resilient abilities. Through conversation, we aim to describe how different faith communities interact with neuroscientific research, as well as ways in which the brain sciences engage with these communities, in the shared pursuit of justice and flourishing.

Speakers

  • Ghulamabbas Lakha, University of Oxford (United Kingdom)
  • Moderator: Laura Specker Sullivan, Fordham University (United States)

Agenda

  • Interview with discussant (20 minutes)
  • Questions from attendees (40 minutes)

Attend

Registered meeting attendees can participate in this live discussion on Zoom. Register to attend this activity and all sessions included in the schedule.

Live: Thursday, November 4, 1:30pm EDT / 17:30 UTC (calendar)

Zoom webinar link will be posted here. To access the webinar, participants will enter a password and their email address (the one used to register for the meeting). Passwords will be distributed to registered participants one week before the meeting begins.

Recording

A recording of this virtual session is expected to be available for meeting attendees approximately two weeks after the meeting concludes.

Speakers

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Ghulamabbas Lakha

University of Oxford

Gulamabbas Lakha is a doctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and the Ethox Center at the University of Oxford. He is investigating how faith-based concepts and practices can be harnessed to improve accessibility and adherence to interventions for depression, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and mindfulness-based approaches, with specific regard to depression in the UK Muslim population. He is also interested in the neuroscience of religious experience, comparing EEG neural correlates of an Islamic mindfulness practice (dhikr) and a common breath-based meditation from NHS approved interventions.

Moderator

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Laura Specker Sullivan

Fordham University