Increased physiological calmness in executives and workers.
A study of executives and workers in the automotive industry found that after three months of regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation programme, participants showed increased physiological calmness, as assessed both during rest and during task performance, in comparison to controls from the same work sites. Ref. Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal 6: 245–262, 1993.
Reduction in symptoms of stress disorder.
Patients seeking treatment for traumatic stress who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique showed a significant reduction in symptoms of stress disorder in comparison to those receiving psychotherapy. Ref.Journal of Counseling and Development 64: 212-215, 1985.
Decreased stress response.
University students who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique displayed decreased stress response after 10 week of practice, in contrast to greater stress response among students randomly assigned to a delayed-start condition. Reduced stress response was measured as faster physiological habituation to the stressful stimulus of a loud noise. Students who had learned the Transcendental Meditation technique also showed increased integration of brain functioning and decreased sleepiness in comparison to controls.Ref.International Journal of Psychophysiology 71: 170–176, 2009
Decreased stress among managers.
A three-month prospective study of managers at a medical equipment company found that those who learned Transcendental Meditation, compared with matched controls, showed a significant reduction on a standardized measure of perceived stress, measuring the degree to which situations in one’s life are perceived as overloading, uncontrollable or unpredictable. Ref.Dissertation Abstracts International 57(6): 4068B, 1996.
Decreased stress during task performance.
A study of executives and workers in the automotive industry found that, after three months of regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, participants showed decreased physiological stress (reduced skin conductance) during performance of a task, in comparison to controls from the same work sites. Ref.Anxiety, Stress and Coping: An International Journal 6: 245–262, 1993.
Calmer style of physiological functioning: Less stress in daily activity.
A meta-analysis found that those who practise the Transcendental Meditation technique, in contrast to controls, show a calmer style of physiological functioning in their daily activity, as indicated by lower levels of respiration rate, heart rate, spontaneous skin resistance responses, and plasma lactate. Ref.American Psychologist 42: 879–881, 1987.
Rapid recovery from stress.
Those who practise the Transcendental Meditation technique showed more rapid physiological recovery (measured by galvanic skin resistance) from the stress of a loud sound. A series of sounds were presented, and meditators made fewer multiple responses during habituation, indicating greater stability in response to stress. Ref.Psychosomatic Medicine 35: 341–349, 1973.
Greater physiological stability.
Those who practice the Transcendental Meditation technique show more stability of the autonomic nervous system, as indicated by less frequent spontaneous skin resistance fluctuations (greater time between fluctuations). Ref.Psychosomatic Medicine 35: 341–349, 1973.
Decreased stress, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms.
School students with a current diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) who learned the Transcendental Meditation technique displayed reduced stress, anxiety, and ADHD symptoms after three months, as rated both by teachers and by the students themselves. The p-value on the chart indicates improvement as determined by a multivariate test for the following subscales: anxious/depressed, withdrawn/depressed, affective problems, anxiety problems, attention problems, ADHD problems, and total problems. The bars on the chart indicate change on the total problems subscale. Ref.Current Issues in Education 10(2), 2008. [Online]
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