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Exploring the Frontiers of Neuroscience and Transcendental Meditation
by Bibi Tran

David Lynch Foundation    Translate This Article
18 May 2015

A sold-out audience convened at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City for an engaging, scientific discussion with neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis and clinical psychologist Dr. William Stixrud entitled, ''Transcendental Meditation, Behavior and the Brain.'' The evening featured a live EEG demonstration of the effects of TM on the brain.

''Every experience ultimately changes the brain,'' said Dr. Travis. ''If the experience is fragmented, traumatic, stressful, or violent, it creates dysfunctional circuits in the brain. The opposite is also true: if you can allow the mind to settle through Transcendental Meditation, this supports a unique experience of wholeness where you are awake to your own self, and this creates integrated brain functioning.''

According to Dr. Stixrud, ''the benefits of integrated brain functioning have been studied in middle school and college students who meditate.''

''We see changes in the electrical activity of the brain that allow for better concentration. And when you are less stressed, due to TM, you can focus better, you can resist distraction, and you can organize your thinking better and see life with a larger perspective.''
DLF Executive Director Bob Roth (left), Dr. Fred Travis (middle) and Dr. William Stixrud (right)

Following presentations by Dr. Travis and Dr. Stixrud, the audience had the opportunity to ask the scientists a wide range of questions, which can be viewed by clicking here.

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