Faculty lead major demonstration project at American University in DC
by Patricia Boland
The M.U.M. Review
18 February 2006
Five hundred students at American University in Washington, D.C.,
and surrounding campuses will participate in a landmark two-year
demonstration and research project to create coherence in the
collective consciousness of the Washington, D.C., area, and to
scientifically document the effects of the Transcendental Meditation
program on brain, behavior, and health of college students.
John Hagelin, Ph.D., director of the Institute of Science,
Technology and Public Policy (ISTPP) at Maharishi University of
Management, is spearheading the project, which has been made
possible through a $1.2 million grant to the Maharishi University of
Management Research Institute from the Abramson Family Foundation,
the David Lynch Foundation, and private donors.
'This high-profile project is sure to ignite a grassroots brushfire
among college students nationwide. Many of today's students are
seekers of truth and lovers of peace. We will give them the deep
experience of truth and peace that they have been looking for,' Dr.
Many of the students participating in the demonstration project were
inspired to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique following
the recent speaking tour of University Trustee David Lynch, Dr.
Hagelin, and Fred Travis, director of the University's Center for
Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition.
The principal investigators of the project are Robert Schneider,
M.D., of the University's Institute of Natural Medicine and
Prevention, and David Haaga, a professor at American University.
The research will measure blood pressure, health behaviors (smoking,
alcohol, and substance usage), psychological stress, emotional
intelligence, and academic achievement. Subgroups of students will
be studied for brainwave coherence, cognitive intelligence, and, for
those with diagnoses of attention deficit disorder and attention
deficit with hyperactivity disorder, improvement in attention span.
'Cardiovascular diseases, and many other conditions, are serious
concerns for adults, and they begin in childhood, in youth,' Dr.
Schneider said. 'One of the main values of this study is that we are
looking at true prevention in early adulthood, to prevent problems
such as cardiovascular disease occurring later in life.'
Co-investigators from the University are Dr. Travis, Sanford Nidich,
and Carolyn King. Additionally, Sarina Grosswald, Ed.D., an expert
in cognitive learning and a director of the Maharishi Peace Palace
in Bethesda, Maryland, will join the research team. Dr. Grosswald
has extensive experience researching the Transcendental Meditation
program in schools.
Mario Orsatti of the ISTPP and Linda Mainquist, adjunct faculty at
Maharishi University of Management, are directing the teaching of
the Transcendental Meditation technique for the 500 students in
conjunction with the Bethesda Maharishi Peace Palace.
Copyright © 2006, Maharishi University of Management
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