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Does the college experience damage your brain?

Maharishi University of Management

National Conference on Stress, Meditation, and the Brain
March 18 - Center for the Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition
Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa

The conference brochure is available on the brain conference Web site: http://brainconference.mum.edu.

Academic pressures, binge drinking, poor diet, sleep deprivation, and substance abuse are facts of life at most colleges and universities. Recent brain research documents how this college experience can take a terrible toll on a student's brain--and what can be done to reverse the damage and develop the total potential of the brain.

Introducing the first 'Brain Integration Report Card' for college students
To assess the development of a student's brain functioning, behavior, and self-development during college years

Live webcast - 10 a.m. to 12 noon (Central) - http://brainconference.mum.edu

Speakers Include

Andrew Newberg, M.D., Director of Clinical Nuclear Medicine, Director of NeuroPET Research, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiology, University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Newberg's pioneering research largely focuses on the relationship between brain function and meditation. The results and implications of this research are delineated in Dr. Newberg's book, Why God Won't Go Away (Ballantine/Random House).

Fred Travis, Ph.D., Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition, and one of the nation's most widely published researcher on meditation and brain functioning. Dr. Travis's studies have appeared in Biological Psychology, Psychophysiology, Consciousness and Cognition, and International Journal of Psychophysiology, Journal of Psychophysiology, and Psychosomatic Medicine.

Alarik Arenander, Ph.D., a UCLA-trained neuroscientist, Director of the Brain Research Institute, and an expert on the impact of stress on brain functioning. Dr. Arenander will speak on the use of meditation to treat ADHD, drug addiction, and depression. The conference will also inaugurate the University's Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition-the first university lab dedicated to research on meditation and brain functioning in college students.

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