Michael Spezio is Assistant Professor of Psychology & Neuroscience at Scripps College and Visiting Faculty in Affective and Social Neuroscience at the California Institute of Technology. His research spans social neuroscience, affective neuroscience, applied cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience of autism, virtue science, and religion and science, with a particular focus to transdisciplinary approaches to complex problems such as human moral action, human freedom and religious experience. He is also interested in the influence of contemplative practices on these processes in the mind. Dr. Spezio is Research Director of the Center for Engaged Compassion at the Claremont School of Theology, and a Senior Fellow with the Mind and Life Institute. He is also an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and works to facilitate the positive engagement of religious and scientific perspectives. He is co-editor of the Routledge Companion to Religion & Science (with James Haag and Gregory Peterson, 2011), and of the forthcoming Religion & the Science of Moral Action: Virtue Ethics, Exemplarity, and Cognitive Neuroscience (with James van Slyke et al., Routledge, 2012).

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