Dr. Fred Travis is a world-renowned neuroscientist who conducted ground-breaking research on the study of consciousness, the mind-body connection and child development. He has lectured extensively on how to combat the harmful effects of stress by changing the state of our brain and consciousness.

During the last 23 years Dr. Travis has authored or co-authored 70 papers that investigate the relationship between brain patterns, conscious processes, and states of consciousness throughout all stages of the development of the brain from children to adults. His recent work has demonstrated that young and old people with higher level of EEG coherence perform better in sports and business, and report frequent experiences of higher states of consciousness. Dr. Travis received his Masters and PhD in Psychology from Maharishi University of Management in 1988. After a two-year post-doctoral position at University of California at Davis exploring brain changes during sleep, he returned to Maharishi University of Management to direct the EEG, Consciousness and Cognition Lab.

This excerpt is from Dharma Parenting.

Dr. Travis accompanied film director David Lynch and physicist Dr. John Hagelin on a lecture tour, entitled “Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain,” to a number of universities, including University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, the University of Oregon in Eugene, the University of Washington, Emerson College, Yale University, and Brown University where Dr. Travis gave live demonstrations showing how we can change our brain wave activity to create a more coherent and creative state of mind.

Dr. Travis has discovered brain wave patterns that characterize the growth of a more integrated and coherent style of brain functioning that is correlated with higher moral reasoning, higher happiness, greater emotional stability, and increased academic performance in children. This pattern is also seen in highly successful athletes and businessman. Dr. Travis is continuing to research the different style of brain functioning in children using a wide range of physiological and psychological test. When he is not in the lab, Fred plays tennis with his daughters, camps with his family, works in the garden, and remodels his home. His rich home life permeates his writing and brings a smile to discussions of science.