Researchers have associated field independence with:
- A greater ability to assimilate and structure experience,
- Greater organisation of mind and cognitive clarity,
- Improved memory,
- Greater creative expression,
- Stable internal frame of reference.
Research results show that practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique improves field independence for the practitioner. This improvement is an important finding as it was previously thought that these basic perceptual abilities do not improve beyond early adulthood.
Reference 1: Influence of Transcendental Meditation upon autokinetic perception, Perceptual Motor Skills 39: 1031-1034, 1974.
Reference 2: Longitudinal effects of the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi programme on cognitive ability and cognitive style, Perceptual and Motor Skills 62: 731-738, 1986.
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