Will meditating increase your intelligence?
January 4, 2014
It was once thought that our level of intelligence remained static throughout life.
However, there is now strong evidence that we can raise our intellectual capacity — and that meditation may be one of the most efficient ways of doing that.
Decide for yourself: here’s the recent scientific research on meditation and intelligence.
Meditation and intelligence: implicit evidence
Scientific studies have shown that Transcendental Meditation improves the functions enhancing one’s intellectual abilities. Transcendental Meditation helps to relieve stress and improve overall well-being. It would therefore not be surprising if it also generated better cognitive performance.
But are there scientific studies which have focused directly on Transcendental Meditation and increase in levels of intelligence?
Meditation and intelligence: explicit evidence
Most of research on intelligence has been conducted on young people – kids in their early childhood, students at schools and universities. Here are few of the most recent results.
INTELLIGENCE AMONG CHILDREN IN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A 45-week study with 25 experimental and 25 controls among elementary school students found increases in principal components of self-concept, analytical ability, and general intellectual performance among experimental participants (analysis of covariance). The practice of Transcendental Meditation was found to accelerate natural developmental consolidation of awareness at a deeper level – the thinking level versus the perceptual level. Go to full academic article
INTELLIGENCE RISE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS
Another research paper compared intelligence levels as measured with different tests and inventories (Test for Creative Thinking-Drawing Production (TCT-DP); Constructive Thinking Inventory (CTI); Group Embedded Figures Test (GEFT); State and Trait Anxiety (STAI); Inspection Time (IT); and Culture Fair Intelligence Test (CFIT). It analyzed three studies on 362 high school students at three different schools in Taiwan.
In conclusion, the scientists reported that regular practice of the Transcendental Meditation produced significant effects on all variables compared to no-treatment controls. Here’s the article with more detailed results
HIGHER INTELLECTUAL ABILITES IN MEDITATING UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
A third longitudinal study investigated for 2 years running the effect of participation in a special university curriculum, whose principal innovative feature is twice-daily practice of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program. The intelligence measures were based on Cattell’s Culture Fair Intelligence Test (CFIT) and Hick’s reaction time, correlating with general intelligence. The research results indicated a clear improvement on both scales for those 45 college students who were regularly practicing Transcendental Meditation. Go to full academic article
It seems a fair bet that Transcendental Meditation — if practiced regularly, 2 times 20 minutes per day — will open up your intellectual and cognitive capacities. Science says it in its neutral academic language, and statements from practitioners confirm it from a first-hand perspective. So…
…dive within and discover your true potential!