Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., is recognized as the pioneer of research into the physiological effects of meditation. Dr. Wallace’s work inspired the scientific study of meditation around the world. In this interview he talks about the history and future of the scientific exploration of higher states of consciousness.
Dr. Wallace’s groundbreaking research on the Transcendental Meditation technique was published in 1970 in Science. His subsequent collaboration with Harvard Medical School resulted in the 1972 publication of “The Physiology of Meditation” in Scientific American. His studies sparked the explosion of scientific research on meditation that has contributed to its mainstream acceptance.
Dr. Wallace received his Ph.D. in physiology in 1970 at the University of California, Los Angeles, and he did postdoctoral research at Harvard Medical School. He is the founding President of Maharishi International University, and is currently Chair of the MIU Department of Physiology and Health. He is also the author and co-author of numerous scientific publications and books, including Transcendental Meditation: A Scientist’s Journey to Happiness, Health, and Peace; The Neurophysiology of Enlightenment; Gut Crisis; The Rest and Repair Diet; The Coherence Code; and Total Brain Coaching.
Mario Orsatti, the host of TM Talks and Senior Teacher of the Center for Health and Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, interviewed Dr. Wallace on May 10, 2020. This popular episode was rebroadcast on October 9, 2022.
Dr. Wallace’s work inspired the scientific study of meditation around the world. In this interview he talks about the history and future of the scientific exploration of higher states of consciousness.
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