• Development of Intelligence

    Development of Intelligence chartUniversity students who regularly practiced Transcendental Meditation, increased significantly in intelligence over a 2-year period, compared to control subjects from another university. This finding corroborates the results of two other studies showing increased IQ in students who practice Transcendental Meditation. Reference I: Transcendental Meditation and improved performance on intelligence-related measures: A longitudinal study, Personality and Individual Differences 12: 1105-1116, 1991. Reference II: Longitudinal effects of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program on cognitive ability and cognitive style, Perceptual and Motor Skills 62: 731-738, 1986.…
  • Increased Creativity

    This study used the Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking to measure figural and verbal creativity in a control group and in a group that subsequently learned Transcendental Meditation. On the post test 5 months later, the Transcendental Meditation group scored significantly higher on figural originality and flexibility and on verbal fluency. Reference I: The TM technique and creativity: A longitudinal study of Cornell University undergraduates, Journal of Creative Behavior 13: 169-190, 1979. Reference II: A psychological investigation into the source of the effect of the Transcendental Meditation technique, (Ph.D. dissertation, York University) Dissertations Abstracts International 38, 7-B: 3372-3373, 1978.…
  • Broader Comprehension and Improved Ability to Focus

    Field independence has been associated with a greater ability to assimilate and structure experience, greater organization of mind and cognitive clarity, improved memory, greater creative expression, and a stable internal frame of reference. The results show that practice of Transcendental Meditation develops greater field independence. This improvement in Transcendental Meditation meditators is remarkable because it was previously thought that these basic perceptual abilities do not improve beyond early adulthood. Reference I: Influence of Transcendental Meditation upon autokinetic perception, Perceptual Motor Skills 39: 1031-1034, 1974. Reference II: Longitudinal effects of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program on cognitive ability and cognitive style, Perceptual and Motor Skills 62: 731-738, 1986.…
  • Improved Perception and Memory

    College students instructed in Transcendental Meditation displayed significant improvements in performance over a 2-week period on a perceptual and short-term memory test involving the identification of familiar letter sequences presented rapidly. They were compared with subjects randomly assigned to a routine of twice- daily rest with eyes closed, and with subjects who made no change in their daily routine. Reference I: Meditation and flexibility of visual perception and verbal problem solving, Memory and Cognition 10: 207­215, 1982.…
  • Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning

    EEG coherence increases between and within the cerebral hemispheres during Transcendental Meditation. EEG coherence is a quantitative index of the degree of long-range spatial ordering of the brain waves. The chart on the left shows that for a 2-week meditator, EEG coherence increased during the period of meditation. The chart on the right, of a 2-year meditator, shows high levels of coherence even before meditation began, spreading of coherence to high and lower frequencies about half way through the meditation period, and continuing high coherence even into the eyes-opened period after meditation. Reference I: The Coherence Spectral Array (COSPAR) and its application to the study of spatial ordering in the EEG, Proceedings of the San Diego Biomedical Symposium 15: 1976. Reference II: Electrophysiologic characteristics of respiratory suspension periods occurring during the practice of the Transcendental Meditation program, Psychosomatic Medicine 46: 267-276, 1984.…
  • Utilising latent brain reserves

    This study found that during Transcendental Meditation some of the early sensory components of the brain's response to somatosensory stimulation (0-100 msec) are more widely distributed across the cortex. This study, by Dr. Nicolai Nicolaevich Lyubimov, Director of the Moscow Brain Research Institute's Laboratory of Neurocybernetics, indicated that during Transcendental Meditation there is an increase in the areas of the cortex taking part in perception of specific information and an increase in the functional relationship between the two hemispheres. Reference I: Human Physiology 25 (1999): 171-180. Reference II: International Symposium "Consciousness and Brain", Programme Abstracts, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, (June 1992): 19…
  • Increased EEG coherence during Transcendental Consciousness

    increased eeg coherence during transcendental consciousnessDuring Transcendental Meditation individuals often report the subjective experience of Transcendental Consciousness or pure consciousness, the state of least excitation of consciousness. This study found that many experiences of pure consciousness were associated with periods of natural respiratory suspension, and that during these respiratory suspension periods individuals displayed higher mean EEG coherence over all frequencies and brain areas, in contrast to control periods where subjects voluntarily held their breath.  Reference: Psychosomatic Medicine 46: 267–276, 1984.…
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