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New study: Role of transcending in Cognitive Development
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13 June 2016
The Excellence In Action page of Global Good News is featuring a new paper by Maharishi University of Management Professor Fred Travis in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences which discusses how specific experiences help promote cognitive development at various stages as one grows, culminating in the experience of transcendence as a driver of further development once an individual reaches the adult stage of rational thought.
In Piaget's classic model of cognitive development, the final stage of development is adult abstract reasoning, which is characterized by hypothetical deductive reasoning. Dr. Travis suggests that a further stage of development can be achieved and that the driver is transcending thought, which can result when practicing meditations in the automatic self-transcending category, the main practice in this category being the Transcendental Meditation technique.
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Dr Travis cites studies showing that the practice of TM does indeed have an effect on cognitive development.
Research on children practicing TM has found greater psychological differentiation, general intelligence, self-concept, analytical ability, and general intellectual performance compared to controls.
Studies on adult TM practitioners have found growth in ego development, higher moral reasoning, a more stable sense of self, greater openness to experience, and lower anxiety.
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