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Germany: Scientists learn about brain research on Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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24 April 2013
During a 12-city tour of Germany earlier this year, Dr Fred Travis, a renowned neuroscientist and brain researcher and Dean of the Graduate School at Maharishi University of Management, met with scientists, researchers, and students from a variety of fields—physiology, psychology, natural medicine, and gerontology.
Commenting recently on the tour, which took place in March, Dr Travis described meeting with a researcher from the University of Münster who studies the interface between art and science, and between learning and the brain. The two had deep discussions about consciousness and brain function in learning, including findings from Dr Travis's research as director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition.
In Göttingen, with an audience of faculty and science students, Dr Travis spoke in depth about the scientific nature of Transcendental Meditation, and the growth towards higher states of consciousness.
The audience of 100 at the Institute for Sports and Science of the University of Tübingen included researchers, faculty, and students. Dr Travis commented that they listened very intently to his presentation, and recalled speaking in the same hall on a previous university tour two years ago.
He also noted that throughout the tour he encountered a new level of openness to consider the knowledge and technologies of consciousness brought to light by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in his Vedic Science, as well as 'to understand how [looking at] brain functioning can help make something as abstract as meditation very meaningful'.
Dr Travis also met with a leading researcher at a university in Munich who is investigating meditation and ageing. They spoke at length about the effects of different types of meditation, including Dr Travis's research showing differences in brain functioning between Transcendental Meditation and other methods of meditation, and possibilities for comparative research on Transcendental Meditation and other techniques.
Dr Travis also gave a lecture at the pediatric and psychiatric division of a medical institute in Hamburg. The nurses at the institute listened intently to the presentation of research on Transcendental Meditation, showing that the technique is 'a very real intervention for reducing PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) symptoms,' he said, and were interested in how it could be applied in their practice.
See related article: Brain wave coherence during Transcendental Meditation demonstrated throughout Germany
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