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Does the college experience damage your brain? National conference on stress, meditation and the brain

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17 March 2005

On 17 March 2005 EurekAlert reported: Maharishi University of Management, Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition is sponsoring a national conference on stress, meditation and the brain on 18 March. The conference addresses the potentially damaging effects of many aspects of college life on the brain functioning of students, and what can be done to reverse the damage and develop the total potential of the brain. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

The idea was brought forth that academic pressures, binge drinking, poor diet, sleep deprivation, and substance abuse are facts of life at most colleges and universities. Recent brain research shows that this college experience can take a terrible toll on students' brains, and what can be done to reverse the damage and develop the total potential of the brain.

The conference will also introduce the first 'Brain Integration Report Card' for college students, a new development being offered by Maharishi University of Management. The 'report card' will assess the development of a student's brain functioning, behaviour, and self-development during college years.

Speakers at the confernece include:

Andrew Newberg, MD, Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Director of NeuroPET Research, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania. Dr Newberg's pioneering research largely focuses on the relationship between brain function and meditation. The results and implications of this research are delineated in Dr Newberg's book, Why God Won't Go Away (Ballantine/Random House).

Fred Travis, PhD, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, and one of the nation's most widely published researchers on meditation and brain functioning. Dr Travis' studies have appeared in Biological Psychology, Psychophysiology, Consciousness and Cognition, and International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Psychophysiology, and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Alarik Arenander, PhD, a UCLA-trained neuroscientist, Director of the Brain Research Institute, and an expert on the impact of stress on brain functioning. Dr Arenander will speak on the use of meditation to treat ADHD, drug addiction, and depression. The conference will also inaugurate the University's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, the first university lab dedicated to research on meditation and brain functioning in college students.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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