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Stressing out over end-of-year crunch: cramming, weak diet called bad for brain
by La Monica Everett-Haynes
Tucson Citizen Translate This Article
4 May 2005
On 4 May 2005 Tucson Citizen reported:
Maharishi University of Management warns that end-of-the-year cramming and other aspects of a typical college experience can damage the brain. Fred Travis, director of the university's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, recommends the Transcendental Meditation Programme to counter stress and to promote full brain potential.
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 Tucson Citizen article focused on the situation that students of local educational facilities, Pima Community College and University of Arizona, are finding themselves in as final exams loom on the horizon. 'It's gotten progressively more stressful since I was a freshman,' writer Evertt-Haynes quoted Antonia Giammo, 21, a UA political science junior, as saying.
The article also noted that in general the two Arizona schools have come to acknowledge the concerns voiced by Maharishi University of Management faculty and have begun offering sevices such as 'massage therapy, acupuncture, meditation classes, counselling, and sports medicine'.
Some continue to dismiss the issue of stress at school. Evelyn Martinez, a counselor at PCC's Desert Vista Campus, told Everett-Haynes, 'Stress and addictions are issues students deal with, but these are concerns the general community has. These are issues of our society.'
However Travis disagrees. He shared his concern that students need the added support that colleges now have available, especially since much of the brain's development spans college years. 'It's a very vital and delicate time period for these individuals,' said Travis, who has researched brain development for more than 20 years. 'They're creating their physical brains to take them into tomorrow.'
The article went on to say that a three-year study at the university showed that regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique resulted in increased creativity, decreased depression, and less anxiety.
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