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Does the workplace damage your brain?
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12 September 2005
On 12 September 2005 MyDNA News reported:
While the negative effects of stress on the heart are commonly known (including elevated risks of hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and stroke) the effects of stress on the brain are rarely discussed. An upcoming conference of medical researchers and business leaders entitled 'Is the Workplace Bad for Your Brain?' will focus on this important aspect of stress and will introduce new research on the effects of Transcendental Meditation on executive brain functioning.
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MyDNA News, a consumer-focused health, genetics, and genomics information provider, talked to conference panelist Dr Gary Kaplan, a Long Island neurologist and clinical professor of neurology at New York University School of Medicine.
'Stressful experiences lead to dysfunctions of the prefrontal cortex—the so-called 'CEO' of the brain—which regulates critical areas governing judgment, planning, decision making, moral reasoning, and sense of self. Over time this can lead to impulsive, short-sighted, even violent behaviour, increased anxiety, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, memory loss, and an increase of other stress-related diseases,' said Kaplan.
The article observed that as today's workforce faces increasing stress, many are looking to 'non-medical antidotes' such as the Transcendental Meditation Technique (TM).
Fred Travis, director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management, and one of the world's most published researchers in the field of meditation and brain functioning, explained that research on TM shows that changes that occur in the physiology during meditation reverse the negative effects of stress on the prefrontal cortex. 'It integrates frontal lobe functioning and the connections of frontal areas to the rest of the brain—the basis of sound judgment and therefore good leadership.' he said.
The article went on to describe some of the research on TM that has resulted from over $20 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health. The studies show that the TM technique reduces high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and the use of antihypertensive medication—and in an 18-year study of senior citizens it decreased the death rate by 23 per cent.
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