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New published study shows 'Transcendental Meditation resets the brain'

Transcendental Meditation News, USA    Translate This Article
9 March 2010

A new EEG study discovers the practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique helps the brain reset to a natural state of restful alertness.

The three-month randomized, controlled study was conducted on college students at American University, Washington, DC, USA. During the study, researchers found students could more highly activate the default mode network, a suggested natural 'ground state' of the brain.

Results of this study were published in the February 2010 issue of the journal Cognitive Processing, and announced 5 March by Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, U.S.A.

'The finding of significant brain wave differences between students practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique and those simply resting with their eyes closed is especially convincing because subjects were randomly assigned to conditions, and testing was conducted by a researcher unaware of the experimental condition to which the subject had been assigned,' said David Haaga, Ph.D., coauthor and professor of psychology at American University.

'Research has already shown that simply closing one's eyes and relaxing increases the default mode. A significant additional finding of this new study is that activity in the default mode increases during TM compared to simple eyes-closed rest,' said lead author Fred Travis, Ph.D. 'Different meditation techniques entail various degrees of cognitive control. Thus, activation patterns of the default mode network could give insight into the nature of meditation practices.'

Previous published research, funded by the National Institutes of Health, shows Transcendental Meditation practice decreases high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, cholesterol, stroke, and heart failure.

For more on the specific findings of the new study, please see 'Transcendental Meditation Resets Brain'.

Click here to view a video featuring Dr Fred Travis, study lead author and Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, speaking in depth about brain research on Transcendental Meditation.

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