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Stress, the brain, and student life: A researcher's reflections
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7 February 2012
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The article features an interview with Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, and the author of more than 50 research papers that investigate the relation between brain wave patterns, conscious processes, states of consciousness, and meditation practice.
'The brain is our interface with the world,' Dr Travis says. 'We perceive the world and respond to the world based on the functioning of our brain. . . . A healthy brain, functioning without the restrictions caused by stress, is especially important. . . . When we are restricted by stress, fatigue, and other negative factors, then the brain is less adaptable, and we become handicapped in how we process and respond to our world.
Dr Travis comments on research showing that the Transcendental Meditation technique strengthens 'the attentional circuits, so that when we need broad comprehension it will be there—even when we are under stress—because these frontal circuits are stronger than before.' He also discusses research conducted at American University, published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, which showed that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique 'buffered' the effects of the high-stress college lifestyle.
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