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Germany: Visiting expert presents central role of optimal brain functioning in education
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24 April 2013
Several of the lectures given by prominent American educator, scholar, and brain research expert Dr Fred Travis during his recent 12-city tour of Germany had a particular focus on education. Dr Travis is Dean of the Graduate School and professor and chairman of the Department of Maharishi Vedic Science at Maharishi University of Management, USA. He is also Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition.
Dr Travis has authored over 50 research papers and conference presentations that investigate the psycho-physiological correlates of higher states of consciousness, present models of higher states of consciousness, and delineate the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for both child development and healthy ageing.
In the first lecture of his German tour, in Darmstadt, Dr Travis met with teachers and parents of students who are classmates of the local Transcendental Meditation teacher. He found them to be keenly interested in how the brain develops, and how learning unfolds. Based on his many research studies he clearly delineated for them the significance of different brain wave patterns, particularly pointing out differences between those recorded with subjects sitting quietly with eyes open, and then while practising Transcendental Meditation.
In Berlin before his public lecture Dr Travis met with an official with responsibility in education and research. They discussed brain wave patterns and how different forms of meditation create different effects that could be useful for different groups of people. The researcher was interested to understand the scientific basis of meditation, and particularly that of Transcendental Meditation. Dr Travis gave an overview of the large body of scientific research conducted over 30 years, documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation practice in every area of life, and bringing out the efficacy, especially in this practical age, of this evidence-based practice which can be tested and evaluated and has many valuable applications in education.
When Dr Travis spoke to the architecture faculty at a university in Zagreb, Croatia, at the end of his tour, he encountered an audience very interested in spirituality, and in the interface between spirituality and science. After the lecture their questions went into great detail, continuing for over an hour.
Commenting on the central role of brain functioning in education, Dr Travis said, 'If the purpose of higher education is to enable an individual to think and act successfully, then education is significant only when it enlivens the whole brain. Therefore, the level of integrated brain functioning is a reliable gauge of the success of a student's educational experience.'
Click here to watch a 15-minute video of Dr Travis speaking about 'Brain Plasticity and Transcendental Meditation'.
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