Welcome, innovative viewers, to Science and Spirituality. The human
brain is a vastly complex organ containing some 50 to 100 billion nerve
cells or neurons.
One of the amazing aspects of the brain is
that it continues to produce new neurons throughout our life and is
able to redefine its structure over time after new experiences such as
learning a new skill or seeing a new city.
of neural pathways is referred to as brain plasticity or
neuro-plasticity. What role does meditation play in the development of
our brain, how it functions, and the conscious states we experience?
answers to these questions, we turned to Dr. Fred Travis, the Chair of
the Maharishi Vedic Science Department and Director of the Center for
Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at the Maharishi University of
Management in Iowa, USA. For the past 20 years he has researched the
evolution of the human brain and investigated the nature of
consciousness. He has published 40 academic papers regarding research
in these areas.