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New Study Shows Transcendental Meditation Improves Brain Functioning in ADHD Students
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26 July 2011
On 26 July 2011 ScienceNewsline.com reported:
''Because stress significantly compromises . . . key executive functions such as working memory, organization, and mental flexibility, it made sense that a technique that can reduce a child's level of stress should also improve cognitive functioning,'' said William Stixrud, PhD, a prominent clinical neuropsychologist in Maryland, USA. Dr Stixrud is co-author of a study published 26 July in Mind and Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry, which found improved brain functioning and decreased symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in students practicing Transcendental Meditation.
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The paper, ADHD, Brain Functioning, and Transcendental Meditation Practice, is the second published study demonstrating TM's ability to help students with attention-related difficulties.
''Prior research shows ADHD children have slower brain development and a reduced ability to cope with stress,'' the article quotes Dr. Stixrud.
He also commented on the effectiveness of Transcendental Meditation as a non-drug approach for treating ADHD: ''While stimulant medication is very beneficial for some of my clients with ADHD, the number of children who receive great benefit from medicine with minimal side-effects is relatively small.
''The fact that TM appears to improve attention and executive functions, and significantly reduces stress with no negative side-effects, is clearly very promising.'' Stixrud said he hoped these findings would lead to more research on the use of TM with children and adolescents.
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Please see related articles on the new study—a random-assignment controlled study on ADHD and Transcendental Meditation:
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∙ 'Students with ADHD calmer, less stressed with Transcendental Meditation'
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