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Buffering against stress by enlivening the prefrontal cortex - 'CEO of the brain' - through Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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8 November 2009
The 23 October business webinar—'How to Optimize Your Brain to Realize Your Full Leadership Potential'—in New York City included a presentation by Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management.
Dr Travis is a world-renowned researcher in the field of brain development and the effects of Transcendental Meditation on brain functioning. During the webinar, which was hosted by the Center for Leadership Performance, he discussed research findings relating to key aspects of success in business management.
Dr Travis explained the activity of different parts of the brain, distinguishing between brain activity under challenges and under stress. He also presented a live demonstration showing how EEG brain wave activity is influenced by the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
He explained that the elements that make a leader great reside in the 'CEO of the brain', the prefrontal cortex.
Distinguishing between challenge and stress, Dr Travis also explained that under stress, the frontal areas become unavailable. Under challenge, the primitive part of the brain, the brain stem, activates the whole brain, and one experiences more clearly and thinks more quickly.
In the experience of stress the brain 'downshifts', Dr Travis said, and the higher cortical centres 'turn off the brain, leading to tunnel vision. The key is to prevent challenge from becoming stress,' Dr Travis said. 'This is one brain angle for understanding what happens during Transcendental Meditation, during which the frontal circuits become strengthened, so that you have a buffer against ongoing stress.'
In the coming days Global Good News will present a further article about the live demonstration conducted by Dr Travis, of EEG brain activity during practice of Transcendental Meditation.
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