Wednesday, March 16, 2005

University Debates Whether College Destroys The Brain

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – College kids take note: Research shows that going to college may damage your brain.

That’s what experts will be discussing at a conference this Friday (Mar. 18) at the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa.

According to speaker Fred Travis, the university’s director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition, 90 percent of college students are sleep deprived, which disrupts the frontal lobe of the brain, the spot responsible for processing newly-learned information.

Travis says the stress of daily college life also activates a “flight or fight” pattern on the brain, making matters worse.

As a result, students leave college with fragmented facts and short-term thinking capabilities and Travis says this type of thinking causes Enron-like problems where people think enough to make their company money in the short-term, but cost employees their jobs in the long run.

Travis says college kids have damaged the part of their brain “that lets us see we’re part of a larger system.”

But Travis will also discuss a viable solution: transcendental meditation. He claims during meditation, the frontal lobe remains alert while the rest of the body relaxes.

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