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New study on Transcendental Meditation and ADHD reveals EEG changes
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23 June 2011
A new study on Transcendental Meditation and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) shows changes indicating more normal brain function, as well as increased coherence between the front and back of the brain. Participating students reported wide-ranging practical benefits such as more happiness, increased ability to focus, and improved relationships with others.
Researcher and neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, explained that one marker of ADHD is a higher theta/beta ratio.
EEG measurements showed a reduced theta/beta ratio in students practising the Transcendental Meditation Programme for three months, with further reductions after six months.
The theta/beta ratio of control students increased slightly during the three-month control period. Then this group also had the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation and displayed a reduced theta/beta ratio after three months.
A comparable change took place in the coherence between the front and back of the brain.
These results translated into significant improvements in cognitive functioning.
Students and their parents also reported improvements in areas such as ability to focus on schoolwork, organizational abilities, ability to work independently, happiness, focus and attention, getting along better with others, and better quality of sleep.
In the coming days, Global Good News will continue to report on this study.
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