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Students have EEG recorded to assess brain integration
by Jim Karpen

Maharishi University of Management Review    Translate This Article
18 October 2005

A group of 35-40 students currently enrolled in a course titled 'Consciousness Is Physiology' are having their EEG recorded in order to monitor changes in their brain integration through Consciousness-Based education. 'It makes something abstract concrete, and helps students realize in a very concrete way what they're achieving as students here,' said Dr. Fred Travis, who is teaching the course and doing the testing.

Travis went on to say, 'They're practicing technologies to directly enhance brain integration, such as the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programs, and reading the Vedic Literature. Of course, they're experiencing the results in their daily lives, but this assessment also helps them see their progress objectively.' 

Dr. Travis said that half of the facts that students learn will be obsolete in five years, and people typically change careers five or six times. So it's important that a university also focus on directly developing the brain. 

'We emphasize brain integration, because it underlies and supports clear thinking and decision making, broader planning, and more abstract higher functioning, regardless of what a person does as a career.' Dr. Travis said that participation is optional but that he hopes to record most students as they begin college and then again when they are in their senior year so that they can see their increased brain integration. Once this current phase of testing is done on new students, all students at the University will be invited to participate. 

The EEG measurements are part of a broader assessment referred to as a Brain Integration Report Card, which also entails tracking scores on standardized assessments of psychological growth and evaluation of students' subjective reports of inner experience. 

'I like the idea of a Brain Integration Report Card,' said Ian Fry, a student in Dr. Travis's class. 'I just want to see the change over time. It will help confirm what I'm experiencing. Higher states of consciousness seem far away, but they're really there all the time.' 

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