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Keeping your prefrontal cortex online: Neuroplasticity, stress, and meditation
by Jeanne Ball
Writer, David Lynch Foundation
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11 August 2010
On 11 August 2010 The Huffington Post reported:
Research shows that while unhealthy lifestyles, stress, or traumatic situations may inhibit proper brain development and functioning--leading to poor decision-making and behavioural problems--experiences such as transcending through the practice of Transcendental Meditation help optimize brain functioning.
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Neuroscientists explain that although childhood and adolescence are critical developmental periods for the brain, the brain can continue to change and adapt throughout a person's life.
'This ability of the brain to reorganize its network of neurons is called ''neuroplasticity,'' ' the article states.
'Studies recently published in Cognitive Processing show that brain development can be enhanced—not only during adolescence but at any age—through the practice of meditation, and that different meditation techniques have different effects on the brain,' the article continues.
The article highlights the Transcendental Meditation Programme, which researchers have found to increase integration of brain functioning.
In the article, Dr Fred Travis, Director of Fairfield, Iowa's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, explains that 'within a few months of practice of the TM technique, we see high levels of integration of frontal brain connectivity.'
'The prefrontal cortex—said to be the brain's executive center or ''CEO''—plays a crucial role in higher judgment, discrimination and decision-making,' the article states.
The article notes that this 'frontal area is where the highest levels of EEG coherence are typically recorded during TM practice, indicating improved communication between the prefrontal cortex and other parts of the brain.'
'Higher levels of brain integration,' the article states, 'are associated with higher moral reasoning, emotional stability and decreased anxiety, according to a 1981 study in the International Journal of Neuroscience.'
Research shows that at-risk students—thousands of them—who have learned Transcendental Meditation through the generosity of the David Lynch Foundation are gaining such benefits as improved academic performance, more creativity, better memory, and higher IQ.
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