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. 
Hagelin said.

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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