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Meditation and pressures at college
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11 April 2005
On 11 April 2005 newkerala.com reported:
Maharishi University of Management in Iowa organized the first annual National Brain Conference to assess what impact academic pressures, poor diet, binge drinking, sleep deprivation and substance abuse have on the brain. The conference also presented the Transcendental Meditation Programme as a means of reversing the damage and developing the total potential of the brain.
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.
The article noted that the university, which integrates Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM) into the student curriculum, holds that 'stressful experiences cause the frontal lobes of the brain—known as the prefrontal cortex—to disengage'. Constant exposure to these kinds of experiences can ultimately lead to increased anxiety, depression, and impulsive, short-sighted, and even violent behaviour.
TM, according to university officials, produces a state of 'restful alertness' which 'over time leads to increased intelligence, improved academic performance, improved decision making, higher moral reasoning, and reduced stress-related disorders' among students.
The article quoted Fred Travis, PhD, director of the Center of Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, and chair of the Department of Physiology and Health at the university, as saying, 'If the purpose of higher education is to enable an individual to think and act successfully, then education is significant only when it enlivens the whole brain.'
He added, 'Therefore, the level of integrated brain functioning is a reliable gauge of the success of a student's educational experience.'
The article also mentioned that Maharishi University of Management intends to offer students a 'Brain Integration Report Card' that will include measurements of brainwave patterns during tasks, emotional stability levels, moral reasoning levels, practical intelligence, behavioural strategies, emotional response strategies, and categorical thinking.
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