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Students to receive new brain integration report card
by Jim Karpen
The Review, Vol. 20, #12 Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
11 March 2005
Students at Maharishi University of Management will have the opportunity to chart the development of the full potential of their brains via a new 'Brain Integration Report Card' that will include the results of EEG measurements of their brain waves, scores on standardized assessments of psychological growth, and evaluation of their subjective reports of inner experience.
'On average, people change careers up to six times in their lifetime, so the information they learn today may be obsolete in seven years,' says professor Fred Travis, director of the EEG lab and mastermind of the new report card. 'The most enduring benefit any university can provide a student is an integrated brain physiology—the basis of the ability to think clearly, maintain broad comprehension, and make the right decisions.'
Many of the unique aspects of M.U.M.'s curriculum, including the Transcendental Meditation ® and TM-Sidhi® programs, help create an integrated brain, and now the University will be the first in the world to document the development over the course of the students' education.
'Because physiology is the basis of thought and action, the level of integrated brain functioning is a reliable gauge of level of integration in thinking and acting,' said Dr. Travis, dean of the graduate college.
The Brain Integration Report Card supplements traditional measures of student progress such as grades or performance on standardized cognitive and performance tests.
The five components of the Brain Integration Report Card will include:
1) Brain Integration Scale, a composite of three EEG patterns during tasks that indicate higher brain functioning;
2) Emotional Stability Scale, which measures a student's level of emotional stability during tasks with varying levels of challenge;
3) Gibbs' Moral Reasoning Scale, which assesses a student's level of moral reasoning;
4) Constructive Thinking Inventory, which indicates a person's success in working with others and the ability to think through situations; and
5) Development of Consciousness, a self-report measure of the frequency of experiences of pure consciousness—silent, inner awareness—during practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, in activity, and during sleep, as well as instances of smoothness and success in daily life.
The Brain Integration Report Card will show individual change and a composite change score on these five measures. The purpose of the Brain Integration Report Card is to give students the chance to follow their individual growth, Dr. Travis said. Students will see their individual scores as freshmen compared with normative data, and then see their senior scores compared to the freshman scores.
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