Brain's Natural Ground State Activated by Transcendental Meditation

by Rajshri on  March 7, 2010 at 9:08 AM Alternative Medicine News   - G J E 4
 Brain's Natural Ground State Activated by Transcendental Meditation
A new study has said that transcendental Meditation technique has the ability to activate the default mode network-a suggested natural "ground state" of the brain.

The three-month randomised control study was conducted on college students at American University.

The study found that the TM technique produces a unique state of "restful alertness," as seen in the markedly higher alpha power in the frontal cortex and lower beta and gamma waves in the same frontal areas during TM practice.

It creates greater alpha coherence between the left and right hemispheres of the brain suggesting the brain is working as a whole.

The technique also enhances an individual's sense of "self" by activating what neuroscientists call the "default mode network" in the brain.

The brain's "default mode network" is considered the natural ground state of the brain, glimpsed by neuroscientists during eyes-closed rest but more fully activated during Transcendental Meditation practice.

The study has been published in a special issue of Cognitive Processing dedicated to the Neuroscience of Meditation and Consciousness.

Source: ANI

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In my experience, The Transcendental Meditation Technique definitely creates a state of "restful alertness." It's interesting that they now have a name for "the natural ground state of the brain" which they find "more fully activated" during the TM Technique.

What's really important about TM is how much it improves the quality of your daily activity. Everything becomes more enjoyable and at the same time much more gets accomplished.

Thanks for covering this important topic.

Sparklingstar Monday, March 8, 2010
Great news for the brain. The TM technique has been around for a long time and other research show it is good for blood pressure, anxiety, etc. it is so easy and effortless to practice and anyone can do it, even children as young as 10 years. I highly recommend it to everyone.
bloggabix Monday, March 8, 2010

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