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Does practice make perfect? Or are some people more creative than others? If so, why?    
Study finds brain integration correlates with greater creativity in product-development engineers

Fairfield, IA June 4, 2014

Dr. Frederick Travis is Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness, and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa

"It's a simple fact that some people stand out, and we're trying to tease out why," says Dr. Travis. "We hypothesized that something must be different about the way their brains work, and that's what we're finding."

Creativity may depend on greater brain integration, according to a new study published in Creativity Research Journal (26:2, 239-243) by Maharishi University brain researcher Fred Travis and University West quality management researcher Yvonne Lagrosen.

Scientists refer to brain integration as mind-brain development. People with high mind-brain development are alert, interested in learning new things and disposed to see the whole picture. They think in wide circles and are emotionally stable and unselfish.

"It's a simple fact that some people stand out, and we're trying to tease out why," says Dr. Travis. "We hypothesized that something must be different about the way their brains work, and that's what we're finding."

Dr. Travis uses a measure he developed called a Brain Integration Scale. He uses EEG recording to assess frontal brain wave coherence (a measure of connectedness among the various areas of the brain) and alpha power (a measure of inner directedness of attention). He also assesses the brain's preparation response, which measures how efficiently the brain responds to a stimulus.

Maharishi University of Management Wins National Ethics Case Study Award    
MUM Professor and Student Duo Win IMA Carl Menconi Ethics Award

Fairfield, IA April 18, 2014

Dr. Andrew Bargerstock and Ye Shi

"In this post-Enron era, both educators and accounting professionals understand the importance of a heightened level of discussion about when and what to do when they are faced with a moral dilemma."

Tara Barker, from the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), announced the Best Case Study for the 2014 Carl Menconi Ethics Competition went to a paper co-authored by Dr. Andrew Bargerstock and Ye Shi, faculty members in the Department of Business Administration at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) in Fairfield, Iowa. The article about the case study will be published in the July issue of Strategic Finance, a monthly journal from IMA that focuses on professional practices in management accounting and finance.

The case developed by Bargerstock and Shi spotlights the dilemma of a fictitious Melissa Parks, an XBRL specialist at a company that manufactures large-scale water purification systems that are sold to government and private institutions, primarily in third-world countries. One day on her way to work, Parks hears a radio report about a large multinational corporation receiving a $250 million fine from the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, a U.S. law that forbids financial payments to foreign officials for the purpose of procuring a business contract. This prompts Parks to recall a conversation she overheard recently at work, which at once makes her suspect that her company also might be engaged in practices that violate the Act. Parks must then decide what to do with her knowledge – perhaps at the risk of her own career advancement.

“The case really looks at the ethical decision an employee must make to ‘do the right thing’ when the easiest, and most convenient, path is to do and say nothing,” explained Bargerstock.

MUM MBA Teams Place Again in Top 10th Percentile of International Business Simulation    
Maharishi University of Management MBA teams finish four straight years in the Top 10% at Capsim Foundation Simulation.

Fairfield, IA April 09, 2014

Lin Zhu, Chunyu Guo, Jilin Wang, Lisi Li

"The Simulation provides an opportunity for students to practice teamwork behaviors such as collaboration, negotiation, and consensus-building. The groups need to think and act both strategically and tactically, like an executive management team."

In March 2014, all three MBA teams from Maharishi University of Management finished in the Top 10th percentile of 179 MBA teams who participated in the Chicago-based Capsim Foundation Simulation, an international online integrated business decision-making learning resource. The 3 teams comprised 13 students from 8 countries: China, Ethiopia, Iran, Cambodia, Pakistan, India, Nepal, and US.

Over the past four years, 11 of 12 of MUM’s MBA teams finished in the Top 10th percentile. In groups competing in 2011 and 2013, MUM had the #1 team in the world. Last year 4 of the 5 teams placed in the top 10, taking 1st, 2nd, 6th, and 9th.

Ron Duran, Senior Client Relationship Consultant at Capsim, verifies that the three MUM MBA teams finished the Foundation Simulation at 97th, 92nd and 91st percentiles out of 179 MBA teams that participated during the six-month look-back window for the March 2014 groups. The leading MUM team consisted of students all from China, the same as last year.


Transcendental Meditation significantly reduces PTSD in African refugees within 10 days    

Fairfield, IA February 12, 2014

Lead author Col. Brian Rees, MD, MPH, US Army Reserve Medical Corps

African civilians in war-torn countries have experienced the threat of violence or death, and many have witnessed the abuse, torture, rape and even murder of loved ones. Many Congolese living in Ugandan refugee camps are suffering from severe posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

New research shows that Congolese war refugees who learned the Transcendental Meditation® technique showed a significant reduction in posttraumatic stress disorder in just 10 days, according to a study published today in the February 2014 issue of the Journal of Traumatic Stress(Volume 27, Issue 1, 112–115).

In the study, “Significant Reductions in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees within 10 days Transcendental Meditation Practice,” 11 subjects were tested after 10-days and 30-days TM practice. After just 10-days PTSD symptoms dropped almost 30 points.

TM Reduces Teacher Stress and Burnout, New Research Shows    
Effect of Transcendental Meditation on Employee Stress, Depression, and Burnout: A Randomized Controlled Study

Fairfield, IA February 3, 2014

Decreased Burnout through Transcendental Meditation Compared to Controls

This graph shows the average level of change in total burnout, as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory, in the Transcendental Meditation group compared to controls. The graph displays a marked reduction in burnout symptoms in the TM group, with the control group showing a small increase in burnout over the duration of the study.
A new study published in The Permanente Journal (Vol. 18, No.1) on health showed the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation® technique substantially decreased teacher stress and burnout.

Research indicates that stress and burnout are pervasive problems among employees, with teachers being especially vulnerable to feeling frequent stress from their jobs. Burnout, a syndrome of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and job dissatisfaction, has been found to contribute to lower teacher classroom performance and higher absenteeism and job turnover rates.

This current study sought to determine whether practice of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program results in lower psychological distress and decreased burnout in teachers and support staff at the Bennington School in Vermont, a special in-residence school for students with behavioral problems.

MUM Students Build Adobe House from Scratch in Texas Desert    
Maharishi University’s Sustainable Living students study natural building and travel to the Texas desert to put up a 14' x 14' adobe bunkhouse made primarily from indigenous materials

MUM students build adobe house from scratch in Texas desert

Fairfield, IA December 19, 2013

As a continuation of the Sustainable Living Program at Maharishi University of Management where students learn how to build a tiny house, a group of 12 students studying natural building traveled to the Texas desert last month and spent 11 days putting up a 14 x 14 adobe house made primarily from local materials.

They first made 850 adobe bricks from soil near the construction site, created a frame of posts and beams from dead spruce trees harvested beforehand on campus, and then topped the structure with a waterproof thatched roof made of river cane.

"It really has an amazing feel," said course instructor Mark Stimson. "It's rectilinear and oriented toward the cardinal directions, and adobe walls give it an ancient, grounded feeling."


The Data-Mining Revolution: MUM Prepares Students for the Skills and Jobs of the Future    
Maharishi University of Management launches a new immersion program to train students in the next wave of data-mining software

Dr. Anil Maheshwari explains the value of using SPSS Modeler for Data Mining

Fairfield, Iowa December 11, 2013

In today’s data-driven economy there is an urgent need for more sophisticated software programs to mine and better utilize data coming in over multiple platforms from diverse sectors of the economy, not only for business, but also for higher education.

To help Maharishi University of Management students build essential skills in analytics technology, the school recently joined the IBM Academic Initiative, which offers participating schools no-charge access to IBM software, discounted hardware, course materials, training and curriculum development—over 6,000 universities and 30,000 faculty members worldwide are members of the program.


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