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Alarik Arenander, Ph.D.

Director of Iowa's Brain Research Institute
Fairfield, IA 52557

About Dr. Arenander

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Dr. Alarik Arenander is a neuroscientist, educator, international lecturer, and leading researcher into the neuroscience of brain development and human potential. His work has helped establish the field of neuroscience as science’s leading area for exploring human potentiality and mind/body health. He has personally contributed to the scientific exploration of brain development and human potential for the last 35 years conducting research at many top research institutions in the US and Europe.

Dr. Arenander has conducted pioneering research at University of California at Los Angeles, Penn State University at Hershey, MERU in Sellisberg, Switzerland, University of Wisconsin at Madison, and Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, IA.

Since 1999, Dr. Arenander has been the Director of the Iowa’s Brain Research Institute in Fairfield, Iowa. His research focuses primarily on brain development, including both basic and applied research in the relationship of brain and consciousness and the role of the environment and experience on the development of human potential and well-being.

Dr. Arenander is considered one of the most engaging, lively, and knowledgeable speakers on the subject of brain and human potential. He delivers keynotes and session presentations, and conducts seminars for business, education and health care.

Selected Keynotes and lectures of 2004

CAM Modalities: Changing Your Brain, Your Behavior, and Your Body, The 18th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control “Investing in Health, the Dollars and Sense of Prevention Organizing the session on Current Trends in Complementary and Alternative Medicine as Tools for the Prevention and/or Treatment of Chronic Diseases, Washington, DC

Methamphetamine: Substance Abuse, Violence and the Brain, Indian Health Service, South Dakota

Use of CAM in Treating Cardiovascular Disease in Ethnic Minorities, The 19th National Conference on Chronic Disease Prevention and Control “Health Disparities: Progress, Challenges, Opportunities;” Organizing the session on Patterns of Use and Outcomes of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Therapies Among U.S. Ethnic Minority Adults, Atlanta GA

Nourish Your Brain: Anti-Aging Strategies from Neuroscience and Ayur Veda, Coudert Institute Meeting, February 17, 2005, Coudert Institute, Palm Beach, FL

Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease and Age-Related Disorders, American Health Association, Boca Raton, FL

Transcendental Meditation for Neurocardiac Health, National Medical Conference on Mind and Heart, NIH-sponsored Center for Natural Medicine, Fairfield, IA

Substance Abuse and the Brain, Georgetown University, Ideal Charter School, and The Covenant House, Washington, DC; Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy, Des Moines, IA; Trinidad and Tobago Ministry of Education

Mapping the Prefrontal Cortex: Implications for Treating the Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor, The Brain Injury Association of Iowa, 12th Annual Conference, Des Moines, IA

Total Brain Functioning and Well-Being, AyurVedic Medical Center, Washington, D.C.

Aging Well: Research Findings and Ancient Approaches, Noetic Society, Madison, WI

Substance Abuse, Violence and the Brain: Current Understanding, Treatment Strategies including Alternative Medicine, DOC, Madison, WI

Develop Higher States of Human Development through Brain Integration, Coudert Institute, Palm Beach, Florida

Nourishing the Brain—AyurVedic Approaches to Successful Aging and Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, The Raj Health Center and Spa, Vedic City, Iowa; Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Seattle, WA; Vancouver, BC.

Prefrontal Cortex: Playing a Strategic Role in Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation, St. Lukes Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, IA

Recent publications

Travis, F., Tecce, J., Arenander, A, and R. Wallace, Patterns of EEG coherence, power, and contingent negative variation characterize the integration of transcendental and waking states, Biological Psychology 61: 293-319, 2002.

Travis, F., Arenander, A, and D. DuBois, Psychological and physiological characteristics of a proposed object-referral/self-referral continuum of self-awareness. Consciousness and Cognition, 13(2):401-420, 2004.

Travis, F., and A. Arenander, Meditation- Effects on Frontal EEG Patterns and Personality Traits: Longitudinal Investigation of the Influence of Transcendental Meditation Practice on Interhemispheric Alpha Asymmetry and Broadband Coherence, Biological Psychology Submitted, 2004.

Arenander, A. and F. Travis, Brain Patterns of Self-awareness, In: B. Beitman and J. Nair (eds.), Deficits of Self-Awareness in Psychiatric Disorders, New York, In Press, 2004.

Research Activities

Since 1999, Dr. Arenander has been the Director of the Brain Research Institute at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. His research focuses primarily on brain development and techniques to utilize the inherent creative capacity of the human brain to enhance well-being. Collaborative research activities include both basic and applied work in the relationship of brain and consciousness and the role of the environment and experience on development of human potential.

  • Brainstate Mechanisms during TM and Sleep Onset Using MEG/EEG
  • Impact of TM on Prefrontal Cortex Development and ADHD
  • Non-pharmacological Intervention for Methamphetamine Rehabilitation
  • Construct Validation of a Brain-Based Integration Scale
  • Role of TM in Reducing Violent Behavior in At-Risk Youth
  • Modeling of Brain Mechanisms during TM
  • Evaluation of a Quantitative Scale of Well-Being
  • Native American Health Initiative
  • Using CAM Interventions
  • Use of Meditation to Facilitate Alcohol and Marijuana   Rehabilitation in Adolescents

Available for Keynotes, Seminars, and Lectures

  • Interactive PowerPoint presentations
  • Group activities with active learning

Dr. Alarik Arenander is an international lecturer and is considered one of the most engaging, lively, and knowledgeable speakers on the subject of brain, human potential, and mind/body health. He is known for his ability to make the complexity and vocabulary of brain research and its application to enhance the development of various professions easily understood. Images of the brain will fill the lively PowerPoint presentations and accent the unfoldment of this exciting exploration of well-being.

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