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Improved brain function in students with ADHD: New study published on Transcendental Meditation

Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA - The Review    Translate This Article
11 April 2011

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The article features a pilot study on students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), published this month in Mind and Brain, The Journal of Psychiatry. The study found improved brain functioning and decreased symptoms as a result of practising the Transcendental Meditation Technique.

This research, conducted by researcher Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at MUM, along with Dr Sarina Grosswald and Dr William Stixrud, compared brain waves and ADHD symptoms in children age 11-14 years diagnosed with ADHD. The students were randomly assigned to learn Transcendental Meditation right away, or after three months.

The researchers looked at theta/beta power ratios, since higher ratios correlate with greater severity of ADHD symptoms. They found that the theta/beta power ratios decreased after three months of practice, while ratios in the control group increased slightly. After three months, the delayed-start group also learned Transcendental Meditation, and their ratios then showed a decrease after three months of practice. Both groups of students saw a significant 48% decrease.

In a sense, Dr Travis says, the repeated experience of the Transcendental Meditation Technique trains the brain to function in a style opposite that of ADHD.

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