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FITNESS
Almost Two-Thirds of Americans Meet Exercise Guidelines
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
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Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
GENERAL HEALTH
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Smog Tougher on the Obese
HEAD & NECK
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Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
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Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
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Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning

TUESDAY, Feb. 24 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation might help protect college students against stress and improve their ability to learn, suggests a study that examined the effects of transcendental meditation (TM) on stress reactivity and brain functioning.

Volunteers from U.S. colleges, mostly in the Washington, D.C., area, underwent physiological and psychological tests and were then randomly assigned to a TM or a control group.

Ten weeks later, the students in the TM group had higher scores on a standardized brain measurement scale and reported being less sleepy, not as jumpy and less irritable.

"The control group had lower Brain Integration Scale scores, indicating their brain functioning was more fragmented -- which can lead to more scattered and disorganized thinking and planning," Fred Travis, director of the brain research center at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, and lead author of the study said in a university news release. "The controls also showed an increase in sympathetic reactivity and sleepiness, which can correspond to greater anxiety, worry and irritability."

However, meditation seemed to buffer students against the stresses of college life, the research team said.

During the study, students placed in the meditation group showed an increase in their Brain Integration Scale scores, "indicating greater breadth of planning, thinking and perception of the environment," Travis said. "The sympathetic reactivity and sleepiness decreased among the TM group, which corresponds to greater emotional balance and wakefulness."

"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/work environment," he said.

The study was published in the Feb. 24 issue of the International Journal of Psychophysiology.

More information

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more about health and safety for college students.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Maharishi University of Management, news release, Feb. 24, 2009

Last Updated: Feb. 24, 2009

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