The Female Brain: Improving mental performance
The Transcendental Meditation technique improves the efficiency and orderliness of a woman’s brain, keeping us more alert, vibrant and astute at any age. Though women are often stereotyped as emotional creatures, neuroscience tells us that a woman’s brain is physically different from a man’s brain: we are actually hardwired to be planners, organizers, decision makers and creative visionaries.
Yet women often feel that due to tiredness and stress they are not as clear, present or creative as they would like to be. In addition, brain function can be inhibited by certain lifestyle factors, such as drug and alcohol use, poor diet, or crisis during childhood—in some cases contributing to disorders such as ADHD, Alzheimer’s, depression, and chronic anxiety.
Brain Waves and Meditation
Neuroscientists have found that during TM practice, the brain produces high-power alpha waves. This distinct brain pattern corresponds to the state of relaxed inner wakefulness—serenity, expansion and bliss.
But that’s not all. The alpha waves become synchronous, rising and falling together. This coherence often spreads throughout the brain and is strongest in the pre-frontal cortex—the seat of your brain’s executive judgment.
A Healthier Brain
We all need orderly brain function—for everything from running a business to remembering our grocery list and organizing our kid’s play dates. When the brain is more coherent and integrated, all the different parts communicate better, work together better as a whole. This is the basis of improved mental performance—better memory, increased creativity, broader comprehension and sharper focus. Over time, this coherent brain functioning found during TM practice becomes stabilized even outside of meditation.
No other meditation technique has been found to consistently produce alpha coherence throughout the brain. Researchers have found that the experience of “transcending” resets the brain’s natural ground state—restoring neurological balance, inner silence, and clarity of mind. (Cognitive Processing, 11:1, 2010 Focused attention, open monitoring and automatic self-transcending: Categories of meditations.)
Relevant Scientific Research Findings on the Transcendental Meditation program
- Improved memory and learning ability
- Increased intelligence
- Increased creativity and problem solving
- Emotional stability
- Increased neurological efficiency
Individuals showed significantly increased EEG coherence during TM practice, in contrast to their own eyes-closed control condition before they learned TM. International Journal of Neuroscience 14: 147–151, 1981.
University students who learned TM showed increased broadband frontal EEG coherence and more efficient preparatory brain responses to stimuli during task performance. International Journal of Psychophysiology 71: 170–176, 2009.