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Australia: American brain research expert speaks on improving mental health with Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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16 August 2013
Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in the USA, visited Sydney as part of his recent tour of Australia.
The tour had Dr Travis speaking at various events about the many ways Transcendental Meditation (TM) can benefit society and how those benefits can be scientifically quantified.
'We had this faint idea to come to an art and creativity conference in Perth, which expanded to a tour of the entire continent of Australia,' explained Dr Travis.
The tour started in Sydney, where Dr Travis said he enjoyed getting to know more about Australia.
He visited the historic World Radio Centre in downtown Sydney, where the Maharishi Invincibility Centre (Transcendental Meditation Centre) is located. There he gave a talk to local Transcendental Meditation practitioners on the topic 'Meditation Changes the Brain', the theme of the tour.
Dr Travis also spent his time in Sydney talking to scientists about the scientific nature of TM. He gave a lecture at the Black Dog Institute, a leading institute in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mood disorders. According to their website, 'The Black Dog Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people affected by mood disorders through our high quality translational research, our clinical expertise and our national education programs.'
Dr Travis spoke to over 50 psychiatrists, psychologists, and researchers there about using Transcendental Meditation to optimize mental health. The timing was good because the institute is interested in the effect of TM on depression.
Also in Sydney, Dr Travis spoke on the 7.30 Report, a nationally broadcast news show, about the effect of TM on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Dr Travis talked about the research conducted with American military veterans and with African war refugees. The show's host talked to veterans who have learned Transcendental Meditation and to Dr Sarina Grosswald about her work with PTSD-afflicted veterans.
The show aired across Australia in early August.
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∙ Meditation helping war veterans: Sydney Morning Herald reports US expert's Australia tour
∙ Dr Fred Travis tours Australia to talk about meditation, consciousness, and the brain
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