9 June 2013
Earlier this year Dr Fred Travis, Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition and Dean of the Graduate School at Maharishi University of Management, USA,* embarked on an extensive lecture tour, primarily in Germany.
Commenting recently about the tour, which took place in March, Dr Travis explained that it included 12 cities in Germany and concluded with a national television interview in Zagreb, Croatia. German cities included Darmstadt, Bad Ems, Bad Godesberg, Hamburg, Lübeck, Hannover, Göttingen, Berlin, Erfurt, Tübingen, Singen, and Munich.
Since 1990, Dr Travis has authored more than 50 research papers and conference presentations. His pioneering research includes investigating the psychophysiological correlates—including brain wave patterns—in peak performers and in people exhibiting experiences of higher states of consciousness; and delineating the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for child development and ideal ageing.
During his tour Dr Travis spoke in a variety of venues, including many universities and research institutions, also giving presentations for the general public. His audiences varied widely and included scientists investigating parameters of different types of meditation; medical doctors and nursing professionals who treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); practitioners of natural medicine wanting to deepen their knowledge; and expert physicians trained in Maharishi Ayur-Veda health care.
Also attending were teachers, administrators, and parents interested in how the brain develops and learning unfolds; 'new age' groups interested in spirituality and consciousness; athletes and townspeople curious to learn more about programmes offered at their local Transcendental Meditation centre; and people who had already learned the meditation technique. An educational researcher and a film producer looking to understand the scientific basis of meditation also came to hear about Dr Travis's research. (read more)