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Posts Tagged ‘brain’

Love and Enlightenment


Everyone wants love: to be loved, and to be able to give love. From the moment of birth, babies need love to thrive. Research by Megan Gunnar, from the University of Minnesota, shows that babies who are loved in their first six months of life — held often and securely attached to their parents… Read more

Stress, the Brain, and Student Life:
A Researcher’s Reflections (Part 2)


The following is the second part of an interview with Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management. Read more

Stress, the Brain, and Student Life: 
A Researcher’s Reflections (Part 1)


Dr. Travis is the author of more than 50 research papers that investigate the relation between brain wave patterns, conscious processes, states of consciousness, and meditation practice. He regularly teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, gives seminars, and speaks at conferences around the world on brain development. Read more

Are the benefits of TM just due to the ‘placebo effect’?


I find that sometimes people wonder whether the various benefits that meditators say they experience after learning TM are due to the “placebo effect.”

Here’s an interesting response to that question from researcher Dr. David Orme-Johnson: Read more

Documentary Highlights Value of TM for Teenage Girls


Bucknell University junior, Dana Farley, started practicing the Transcendental Meditation technique in tenth grade. While attending a David Lynch Foundation event in New York City in 2009, Dana, who had a developed a passion for film making, got the idea to make a documentary on her experience with the TM program… Read more

PTSD & The Brain: How TM can help


Now more than ever we are aware of the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on veterans returning from the front lines of wars in the middle east… Read more

Adam, Asperger’s Syndrome, And The Transcendental Meditation Technique


Asperger’s is often referred to as “high-functioning autism.” Asperger syndrome (AS) is a developmental disorder, associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), one of a distinct group of neurological conditions characterized by… Read more

“MEDITATION NATION: How Transcendental Meditation returned as the new status symbol” –Details magazine


“Movers and shakers are again embracing that seventies mainstay Transcendental Meditation,” according to national magazine DETAILS in its September…Read more

Why does music attract our mind?


What is it about music that attracts us? Perhaps what we hear resonates deeply within our nervous system. In fact, while we listen to music, so much of the brain is activated – not only the temporal lobe, known for its role in sound recognition… Read more

Transcending and the Senses of Perception


The range of human sensory perception never ceases to amaze me. Our ability to savor the complexities and details of tastes, smells, textures, as well as the visible and audible world is nothing short of astonishing, given our biologic machinery. Read more

A Neurologist on the Origins of Creativity in the Brain


I have always been impressed by clear and simple displays of creativity in the arts and sciences. There are those who bring out something new and important in such a natural way. As a neurologist, I have a natural curiosity about what happens differently in our brain when we create. Read more



Spring is in all its glory here in the northeast, and the colors and scents are almost overwhelming. There is such a sense of renewal after a cold wet winter, and that renewal signals a life that is sweeter and more energetic than what came before. It is renewal.. Read more

New research on the “meditating brain”


Newly published research indicates that the Transcendental Meditation technique activates the brain’s natural “ground state.” A special issue of Cognitive Processing, which is dedicated to the “Neuroscience of Meditation and Consciousness,” featured the results of a randomized, controlled study conducted at American University in Washington, D.C. Read more