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Taiwan: Transcendental Meditation increases students' academic performance
by Global Good News staff writer
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28 October 2013
A new volume that compiles more than 80 recent studies on Transcendental Meditation has a section titled Intelligence, Learning, and Academic Performance. Dr Michael Dillbeck, editor of Scientific Research on Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Program: Collected Papers, Volume 7, described one of the papers, a composite study looking at the academic performance of students in Taiwan.
In all, there were three separate studies, but all were analysed and combined to get a bigger picture of the results. Those results were then published in the journal Intelligence.
Each study compared two randomly assigned groups: the group of students who learned and practised Transcendental Meditation and the control group—students who either took a nap or practised contemplative meditation during that time instead.
The students, both secondary and beginning professional students, were monitored for intellectual and academic changes. Researchers measured a wide variety of mental processes.
Dr Dillbeck explained that students who had learned Transcendental Meditation 'showed a very holistic improvement in their intellectual performance'.
Researchers found, amongst students in the Transcendental Meditation group, increased creativity and increased practical intelligence. They also found increased field independence, which, Dr Dillbeck explained, is the ability to maintain broad comprehension while focusing sharply. The group showed increased mental efficiency, or the ability to make very rapid decisions correctly, and increased abstract intelligence.
A chart combined the results of all three groups, looking at the effect of Transcendental Meditation compared to the average results of the control groups, whether they were napping or practising contemplative meditation.
The study had very powerful effect sizes, Dr Dillbeck said. In other words, the improvement of the Transcendental Meditation group was above and beyond an effect that would be attributed to chance. The p-value was less than 1 in 1,000, meaning the probability the results were due to mere chance is statistically very small.
Global Good News will report more results of this study.
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