4Parts of neurons Cell body axon Dendrites and dendritic spines Input make energy, neurotransmitters, integrate activity of cellsaxonOutput
5- - - - - - - EEG: Ions in the Fluid Around the Neuron + + + + + + + + Sodium and potassium+-++Chloride
6- - - - - - - - Sources and Sinks along the Apical Dendrites + + + + + Sodium and potassium-+-++Chloride-+-++-++
7Electrical Activity from Neurons “Talking” Can be Measured at the Scalp EEGSkullSurface of the brain (1/8” thick)Brain waves measured by EEG mostly reflect electrical activity in the cortex, but include contributions from the whole brain.
8Frequency(cycles/sec or Hz)Cognitive Processes1-3 DeltaRestoration during deep sleep. Delta is also seen during waking when brain areas are strongly inhibited from firing.4-5 Theta1Drowsiness and dreaming5-7.5 Theta2Inner mental processes such as during a memory task8-10 Alpha1Inner wakefulness (Seen during TM)Alpha2Brain modules primed to be used in a task, but currently are quiet (Seen during eyes-closed rest)Beta1Ongoing processing of experience20-50 GammaStrong focus or concentration (Seen right now in your brain…)
16Transcendental Consciousness Apneustic Breathing and Autonomic Measures EEGNotice the breath quiescent period. It begins with an exhale and ends with an exhale suggesting a slow continous inhale throughoutThis line is skin conductance, and this is heart rate variability. This pattern of response is seen during orienting to significant experiences. Also, this desynchronized EEG here is a hallmark of orienting.Travis, 2000
17“Whatever the object is, if the subject keeps on changing, the knowledge will keep on changing. A fresh, alert man likes oranges, but if, when he starts to feel sleepy and dull, some says, Here is some very sweet orange juice. Would you like it? he may not even say no; he is now sinking another state of consciousness: drowsiness, sleep. The same orange juice, which was so sweet, so likeable, now has not much value and does not draw his attention at all. So knowledge differs on the basis of the differing states of consciousness of the knower.” Maharishi
21fMRI (Blood Flow) during TM Red = Higher Blood FlowBlue= Lower Blood Flow
22Transcendental Consciousness and the Junction Point Model Transcendental Consciousness, the fourth state of consciousness experienced during Transcendental Meditation practice between thoughts, is also available between states of consciousness.
24Transcendental Consciousness and the Junction Point Junction Point in non-meditators falling asleep and during TMTravis, 1994
25Junction points between sleeping and dreaming Travis, 1994
26Srīmad Bhāgavatum Discourse XIII, 4 “With eyes turned towards the Self, he should discover the true nature of the Self at the point of contact between deep sleep and waking life and look upon both bondage and release as illusion and not real.”
27Main PointThe continuous firing of 100 billion neurons, each responding to different aspects of experience, create the electrical field around the brain that are sampled by EEG recording. Changes in the whole electrical field characterize conscious experience and states of consciousness from sleeping to pure consciousness.
28Small Group ExerciseWhy might changes in brain functioning be seen primarily in the frontal areas of the brain during TM practice?
30A considerable body of previous research on the prefrontal cortex (PFC) has helped characterize the regional specificity of various cognitive functions, such as cognitive control and decision making. Here we provide definitive findings on this topic, using a neuropsychological approach that takes advantage of a unique dataset accrued over several decades. We applied voxel-based lesion-symptom mapping in 344 individuals with focal lesions (165 involving the PFC) who had been tested on a comprehensive battery of neuropsychological tasks. Two distinct functional-anatomical networks were revealed within the PFC: one associated with cognitive control (response inhibition, conflict monitoring, and switching), which included the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex and a second associated with value-based decision-making, which included the orbitofrontal, ventromedial, and frontopolar cortex. Furthermore, cognitive control tasks shared a common performance factor related to set shifting that was linked to the rostral anterior cingulate cortex. By contrast, regions in the ventral PFC were required for decision-making. These findings provide detailed causal evidence for a remarkable functional-anatomical specificity in the human PFC.
31Prism analogyDecomposing a complex signal into component waves.