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Students who meditate are better off
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1 March 2009
On 1 March 2009 Times of India reported:
A study published in the 24 February issue of the International Journal of Psychophysiology on the effects of Transcendental Meditation shows that students who practise the meditation technique can deal better with stress and improve their ability to learn.
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In order to study the effects of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on brain and physiological functioning in college students, researchers randomly assigned students to a TM group or a control group after they were measured for physiological and psychological variables using the Brain Integration Scale.
After 10 weeks the researchers found that students practising the TM technique were less sleepy and were less jumpy and irritable.
Statistics show that the pressures and stress of college can lead to anxiety and depression and to the use of alcohol or drugs.
The researchers found that Transcendental Meditation can be used as an effective non-medicinal tool for students to buffer themselves against the intense stress of college.
The Times of India quoted Fred Travis, lead author and director of the Maharishi University of Management brain research centre, as saying, 'From pretest to posttest, Brain Integration Scale scores increased significantly, indicating greater breadth of planning, thinking, and perception of the environment. The sympathetic reactivity and sleepiness decreased among the TM group, which corresponds to greater emotional balance and wakefulness.'
Titled 'Effects of Transcendental Meditation practice on brain functioning and stress reactivity in college students', the study showed that Transcendental Meditation could be used to stay more emotionally balanced and wakeful in stressful environments.
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