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Neuroscientist Dr Arenander explains coherent brain functioning during Transcendental Meditation
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3 November 2013
What happens in the brain when one begins the practice of Transcendental Meditation?
This is a question that Dr Alarik Arenander, a UCLA-trained neuroscientist and Director of the Brain Research Institute in the USA has been researching for years.
The change is so dramatic that, using EEG imaging, it looks like a neural switch goes off in the brain, Dr Arenander explained. The difference between normal daily activity and the practice of Transcendental Meditation is clearly seen in brain wave activity.
Dr Arenander, in addition to his studies of the brain, travels the world demonstrating this unique finding of Transcendental Meditation. He finds the same result everywhere he goes.
'All over the world, everyone has the same result. No one is purposely selected, [brain imaging] works the same on everybody. No need to screen beforehand as long as they are practising Transcendental Meditation regularly,' said Dr Arenander.
He then showed an example of the brain waves of a person practising Transcendental Meditation to illustrate the change seen. He uses a simple EEG imaging programme which looks at brain activity from the prefrontal cortex on both the right and left hemispheres of the brain. A computer then analyzes the relationship between the two.
There are two bands of EEG waves and both are going up and down, explained Dr Arenander. But the really interesting question is are they going up and down in sync, thus pointing to a brain functioning with coherence.
'Are they orderly, correlated, coherent?' Dr Arenander asked, indicating that this is an important finding that tells much about the effectiveness of brain functioning.
The EEG imaging programme Dr Arenander uses displays the coherence of the brain waves from the left and right hemispheres on an orderly graph, with the peak of the graph representing one hundred percent coherence and the bottom representing zero percent.
'In normal activity,' explained Dr Arenander, 'the coherence will oscillate.'
A forthcoming article will present more of Dr Arenander's presentation about the brain's uniquely coherent activity during Transcendental Meditation.
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