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About Dr. Ferguson

Dr. Michael Ferguson is a postdoctoral research fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School. His work centers at the intersections of culture and brain. Active research includes cognitive neuroscientific investigations of intelligence, memory, depression, religiosity, and spiritual experience.

Michael previously instructed the courses Development of Human Sexuality and Gender and Sexual Minorities at Cornell University, and co-instructed a graduate course on functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) at the University of Utah, where he completed his doctoral degree in bioengineering.

Michael is a popular public speaker with an engaging enthusiasm for asking “the hard questions” with rational methods. He and his husband, J. Seth Anderson, were the first same-sex couple legally married by the state of Utah, and are outspoken advocates for LGBTQ+ communities and causes.

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