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New research shows higher levels of serotonin

Maharishi University of Management, Iowa, USA - The Review    Translate This Article
10 June 2011

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The article features a new research study on serotonin, recently presented at the 69th annual meeting of the American Psychosomatic Society in San Antonio, Texas by Maharishi University of Management faculty member Ken Walton, PhD.

Dr Walton presented his finding that levels of the serotonin metabolite 5-HIAA correlate inversely with scores on tests of anxiety, depression, aggression and impulsiveness. He explains that serotonin is a neurohormone produced in the brain, in cells lining the intestine, and in other parts of the body. Dr Walton's interpretation of his finding is that the body's serotonin activity is diminished in individuals who are experiencing negative mood states—in line with other research suggesting that 'serotonin in the brain is involved in producing states of well-being and positive mood'.

People practising the Transcendental Meditation Technique were significantly higher in 5-HIAA and significantly lower in their scores on these negative mood scales—consistent with their expected lower stress level and higher state of well-being.

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