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Maharishi University of Management leads in the field of education
by Laura Billings
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22 March 2005
The St Paul Pioneer Press recently reported that sleep deprivation, poor diet, and drinking are adversely affecting the learning ability of students. The article cited a recent conference offered by Maharishi University of Management's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition that asked the question, 'Does the college experience damage your brain?' and offered the Transcendental Meditation Programme as a remedial solution. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.
According the Pioneer Press reporter, Laura Billings, 80 per cent of college students qualify as sleep-deprived. She went on to document the effects of sleep-deprivation, poor diet, and binge drinking on learning and memory.
Billings noted that declarative memory (the ability to memorize new information) depends on the slow-wave sleep patterns typical of the first two hours after you fall asleep. Procedural memory (what you need in order to write down what you have learned in a book) requires the deep sleep that usually comes in the last two hours of a standard eight-hour cycle.
She reported that for people who stay up all night after learning a new skill, researchers find most of that information is lost just a week later.
Billings also noted that a poor diet and binge drinking can be just as damaging as sleep deprivation.
The article went on to reference a recent Harvard University study of 10,000 college students nationwide that found that 44 per cent drank enough to qualify as bingers.
Billings then cited a University of North Carolina study that showed that drunken rats produced about half as many brain cells as those produced by sober lab rats, and that those brain cells died at twice the rate of cells created in sober nervous systems.
Maharishi University of Management's focus has always been on culturing the knower and the process of knowing, as well as on the quality of knowledge. To this end the University integrates regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme, serving fresh, organic food, and banning drinking and drugs on campus. As increasing attention is being cast on the damaging effects of 'normal' college life, the University of Management will continue to lead in the field of education.
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