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Meditation Calms College Students

Reported February 25, 2009

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A first of its kind study shows how meditation can help students deal with the stresses of college life. Researchers found transcendental meditation decreased anxiety and increased alertness.

The study investigated the effects of a ten-week Transcendental Meditation (T.M.) practice on 50 Washington, DC area college students. Researchers found at the end of the ten weeks the meditating students had higher Brain Integration Scale scores, less sleepiness and they were less jumpy and irritable.



“These statistically significant results among college students suggest that the practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique could be of substantial value for anyone facing an intense and challenging learning/working environment,” Fred Travis, lead study author and director of the MUM brain research center was quoted as saying.

SOURCE: International Journal of Psychophysiology, February 2009