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Germany: Dr Fred Travis speaks at Munster University about creativity and the brain
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22 November 2011
In his recent nine-city, twelve-day lecture tour of Germany, Dr Fred Travis spoke to students at the University of Münster.
Dr Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, was invited to give a seminar about art and the brain by an emeritus professor at the University.
The professor was midway through a fourteen-lesson seminar, and invited Dr Travis to take an entire lesson to speak to the art students about brain, art, and creativity.
In his talk, Dr Travis explained that despite the widespread belief that it is the right hemisphere of the brain that governs creativity, in fact, recent findings suggest that it is the frontal lobes that are active during the creative process. These findings also show that both sides of the frontal lobes, right and left, seem correlated with periods of great creativity.
Dr Travis then led the art students in a discussion. 'We asked what affects frontal circuits. We looked at stress, we looked at fatigue, which fragments frontal circuits. We asked how meditations can affect this.'
This was a subject of interest to the students, since the creative process is a necessary part of their chosen studies.
He went on to describe results of recent magnetic resonance imaging studies measuring blood flow. These showed that 'during Transcendental Meditation there is increased blood flow to the front of the brain and decreased blood flow to the subcortical area, which has to do with arousal, anxiety, and so on.'
Then Dr Travis looked at how the electrical activity seen in the brain during the practice of Transcendental Meditation is also seen in activity, especially in the brains of highly successful people.
'So it was tying the neuroscience, what the brain is doing, to success in life,' Dr Travis remarked.
The lecture was very well-received and successful, he concluded.
Universities across Germany welcome brain research expert Dr Fred Travis
Global Good News will continue to report on Dr Travis's tour of German universities.
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