Brain and Consciousness

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Are we primarily matter, or are we primarily consciousness? Is the body a machine that creates conscious experience, or is conscious experience the result of the interaction of a field of consciousness with brain functioning?

This course explores concepts of mind and brain in science; identifies paradigms governing research into this area; and compares the understanding of mind, consciousness and the body in modern science and Maharishi Vedic Science. Recent research during Transcendental Meditation practice is reviewed in detail. MORE


Fred Travis, PhD
Chairperson, Maharishi Vedic Science Department

Dr. Fred Travis received his Masters and PhD in Psychology from Maharishi University of Management in 1988. He had a two-year post-doctoral position at UC Davis and the VA Medical Center in Martinez, CA with Dr. Irwin Feinberg exploring brain changes during sleep. At the conclusion of his post-doctoral position in 1990, he returned to Maharishi University of Management to direct research at the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition. Since 1990, he has authored 57 papers and conference presentations that investigated the relation between natural development and lifestyle choices on brain functioning. His recent work has reported brain patterns of world class performers—athletes, top-level managers, and professional musicians. He has also investigated effects of TM practice on ADHD and Post Traumatic Stress.
Robert Keith Wallace, PhD

Dean • Chair • Professor of Physiology and Health • Director of Research • Co-Director of the Ph.D. Program in Physiology • Trustee of the University • Founding President of Maharishi University of Management

Dr. Robert Keith Wallace is recognized as the pioneering researcher in the neurophysiology of higher states of consciousness. His research has been published in many journals including Scientific American and The American Journal of Physiology. Dr. Wallace’s research on the physiology of meditation opened the door for the study of the relationship between mind and body and its application in the field of behavioral medicine. After receiving his PhD in physiology at UCLA, he did postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Wallace is the author of two books, The Neurophysiology of Enlightenment and The Physiology of Consciousness, and has lectured extensively in over 50 countries around the world.




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Your Brain is a Work in Progress


  • Lesson 2.1
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Why We Sleep: Rest and Activity are the Steps of Progress


  • Lesson 3.1
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Brain Patterns and TM Practice


  • Lesson 4.1
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Science, Pseudoscience and Protoscience


  • Lesson 5.1: Science Versus Pseudoscience
  • Lesson 5.2: Experiences Can Change Paradigms
  • Lesson 5.3

Meditations Are Not the Same


  • Lesson 6.1
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Cosmic Consciousness is Closer Than You Think


  • Lesson 7.1
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