Accelerating Cognitive and Self-Development: Longitudinal Studies with Preschool and Elementary School Children
Authors: Dixon, Carol A.; Dilibeck, Michael C.; Travis, Frederick; Msemaje, Horus I.; Clayborne, B. Mawiyah; Dilibeck, Susan L.; Alexander, Charles N.
Published: Journal of Social Behavior & Personality; 2005, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p65-91.
Methods: Two longitudinal experiments investigated the impact on cognitive and self-development of techniques for holistic personal growth- the Word of Wisdom technique for young children and the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Results: A six-month study with 37 experimental’s and 29 controls reported increases in principal components of psychological differentiation and general intelligence in experimental’s, covarying for pretest and control variables. Secondly, a 45-week study with 25 experimental and 25 controls found increases in principal components of self-concept, analytical ability, and general intellectual performance among experimental participants (analysis of covariance). These techniques appear to accelerate the natural developmental consolidation of awareness at a deeper level-the thinking level versus the perceptual level-and may be important adjuncts to current educational interventions.
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