Effect of Practice of Maharishi Word of Wisdom Technique on Children's Cognitive Stage Development: Acquisition and Consolidation of Conservation

Kurth, Sidney C.; Travis, Frederick; Alexander, Victoria K.
March 2005
Journal of Social Behavior & Personality;2005, Vol. 17 Issue 1, p21
Academic Journal
This cross-sectional study examined cognitive stage development in 47 children practicing the Maharishi Word of Wisdom technique and in 47 matched controls. Cognitive stage development was operationalized as acquisition and consolidation of conservation in seven tasks that were ordered easy to hard: two-dimensional space, number, substance, continuous quantity, weight, discontinuous quantity, and volume. The number of Word of Wisdom children mastering all conservation tasks was significantly larger and the number who were in transition was significantly smaller than those in the control group. The Word of Wisdom technique may lead to more rapid acquisition and consolidation of conservation by de-embedding thinking from perception and behavior during the practice. Once differentiated, more abstract thinking processes would be available to mediate performance on complex cognitive tasks.


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