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Netherlands: Brain integration studies spark university researchers' interest in Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer

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7 February 2010

Interest in research on the effects of meditation is growing at universities in Holland. Researchers recently had the opportunity to hear about research on the Transcendental Meditation Technique, which could potentially lead to more research on the programme.

A Yogic Flyer working at one university invited Dr Paul Gelderloos, National Director of Invincible Netherlands for the Global Country of World Peace, to come and speak about Transcendental Meditation to an audience of psychiatrists and psychologists.

Dr Robert Keith Wallace, pioneering researcher on the physiological effects of the Transcendental Meditation Technique, also spoke. Dr Wallace is an ideal speaker 'because he is so completely knowledgeable', Dr Gelderloos said. 'He knows everything about research'—about the original research on Transcendental Meditation, and about new research. He is also a very entertaining speaker, Dr Gelderloos commented.*

Their presentation was very well received. The audience was impressed, and the knowledge presented was new to them.

Both Dr Wallace and Dr Gelderloos emphasized recent research about integration of brain functioning through Transcendental Meditation. New research shows that the effect of Transcendental Meditation on the brain is different from the effect of other forms of meditation, he added.

Development of coherence in brain functioning is particularly important for students aged 10-25. During this time 'very significant changes are taking place in the brain,' Dr Gelderloos noted. This is the age group that Maharishi Mahesh Yogi had particularly emphasized for Consciousness-Based Education programmes.

Dr Gelderloos and Dr Wallace also spoke with other researchers in the field of meditation, with whom they are continuing to correspond about potential research projects on the Transcendental Meditation Programme.

* Dr Gelderloos's report was featured on the 29 January 2010 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.

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