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Brain Integration Scale: New research details objective measures of students' progress through Transcendental Meditation
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21 September 2009
Dr Guy-Paul Gagné* continued to describe the significance of groundbreaking research on brain integration through the Transcendental Meditation Technique—a key element of Consciousness-Based Education.
Dr Gagné and Dr Ashley Deans** recently presented this research to educators across Canada, as a means for developing students' total brain functioning.
In the second part of Dr Gagn�e's recent talk,*** he described in detail the three measures that make up the Brain Integration Scale developed by Dr Fred Travis at Maharishi University of Management, USA.
Dr Gagné explained earlier in his presentation that the Brain Integration Scale is a composite of three objective measurements: frontal EEG coherence, alpha/gamma ratio, and cortical preparatory response.
The alpha/gamma ratio represents the ability to focus on a task while maintaining broad comprehension, he said. Alpha brain wave activity corresponds to restful alertness. Gamma activity occurs when we are concentrating. Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Transcendental Meditation Programme—who restored the ancient Vedic Science of full development of consciousness—spoke of this as 'the relationship of infinity and point', explained Dr Gagné.
EEG coherence represents the capacity of the brain to work as a network—the frontal cortex has to be able to communicate with all parts of the brain, at all times, in order to make proper decisions, perform moral reasoning, etc. 'In Vedic terms, an integrated brain is a brain in the state of Yoga—union,' said Dr Gagné, 'It is the capacity of the brain to work as a unit, rather than fragmented parts of the brain doing their different tasks.'
The third component of the Brain Integration Scale—cortical preparatory response—is an objective measure of brain efficiency, the capacity of the brain to use energy only when it needs it. Dr Gagné correlates this with Maharishi's explanation of a key attribute of higher states of consciousness: 'Ultimate support of Nature is right thinking at the right time, the right thought at the right time.'
Accompanying Dr Gagné and Dr Deans on the recent education tour was Raja Paul Potter, Raja (Administrator) of Invincible Canada for the Global Country of World Peace—the organization established by Maharishi to offer Transcendental Meditation and all the programmes of his Vedic Science to create enlightenment for every individual and invincibility for every country.
Raja Paul commented, 'When the educators heard the research on brain integration due to the Transcendental Meditation Technique, and how that influences students, they were riveted!'
A DVD of Dr Gagné's presentation for educators will be available to view online throughout Canada. The presentation details Dr Travis's research and its application to the field of education.
* Dr Guy-Paul Gagné, a medical doctor and Professor of Medicine at McGill University, is Canada's National Director of Health for the Global Country of World Peace.
** Dr Ashley Deans, quantum physicist and Executive Director of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment, Iowa, USA, is Canada's National Director of Education for the Global Country of World Peace.
*** Raja Paul and Dr Gagné spoke on the 16 September Maharishi Global Family Chat, which is broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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