| Gary Kaplan, MD, Ph.D., clinical professor of neurology at New York University Medical School.
|| Nancy Lonsdorf, M.D., author, educator, and women’s health specialist.
|| Fred Travis, Ph.D. director of the MUM Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition.
More than 350 scientists have conducted research on the Transcendental Meditation program.
Increased EEG Coherence
After two weeks of practice of the TM program, individuals showed significantly increased EEG coherence during the practice, in contrast to their own eyes-closed control condition before they learned the TM technique. Reference: International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147–151, 1981.
Those who practiced the TM technique displayed electroencephalographic (EEG) indicators of increased wakefulness during the practice, in contrast to controls. Reference: Revue d’Electroencephalographie et de Neurophysiologie Clinique 4: 445–453, 1974.
Increased Blood Flow to the Brain
Individuals who practiced the TM technique displayed significantly increased cerebral blood flow during the practice, in contrast to controls. Increased cerebral blood flow was found during the practice of the TM technique both in the occipital area of the brain, and also in the frontal area. Reference: Physiology & Behavior 59: 399–402, 1996.
Increased use of brain reserves
During the TM program, early (sensory) components of the brain’s response to somatosensory stimuli are more widely distributed across the cortex, indicating greater participation of the whole brain in the response to a stimulus. Reference: Human Physiology 25: 171–180, 1999.
National Institutes of Health
The NIH has awarded more than $24 million to study the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique for improving brain functioning and cardiovascular health during the past 20 years. MORE
American Medical Association
The AMA’s journal Archives of Internal Medicine published a recent study showing the TM technique is highly effective in preventing the risk factors for high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. MORE
American College of Cardiology
During its annual convention, the ACC hosted a symposium on the research conducted at more than a dozen independent universities and medical schools on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation technique for reducing heart disease, hypertension, stroke, cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and heart failure. MORE
American Psychological Association
During its annual conference last year, the APA featured research on the TM technique that documents the positive, long-term benefits of the practice for self-actualization and self-development. MORE