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Transcendental Meditation helps brain work as a whole, ADHD study shows
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23 June 2011
EEG measurements of students with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) showed that the Transcendental Meditation Programme had a positive influence on brain functioning.
Participants in a new study had a 'high increase in global coherence over the whole brain across different frequency bands', said researcher and neuroscientist Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management.
Dr Travis explained this effect in terms of the function of different brain wave frequencies: theta is the ability to focus; alpha is inner wakefulness; beta is task processing—what the brain has to do to get things done—and gamma is very focused task processing. 'In all of the frequency bands the brain is working more as a whole. It's less fragmented.'
With 'ADHD the back part of the brain is functioning fine—the front part of the brain is not functioning,' he continued. 'ADHD is like a business without the boss. All the departments are going full speed ahead but they are not aware of what is happening in the larger business.'
During Transcendental Meditation the frontal areas are more active, so after meditation they are more available, he said. 'By strengthening integration in the executive system, now that part of the brain can organize and direct the whole brain.'
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