Ground breaking Research on Orientation and Brain Functioning

East Orientation and Greater Brain Coherence Revealed

A recent study by leading brain researcher, Dr. Fred Travis has demonstrated the effect of head orientation on brain coherence and task performance.
The study was designed to ascertain whether there is a difference in brain coherence when people face each of the cardinal directions, and also to ascertain, when subjects are engaged in a task, whether their performance differs when they face different directions. The prediction, derived from the ancient Vedic texts on Vastu, was that researchers would observe the greatest brain coherence when subjects were facing east, followed by north, west, and south. The task was assembling jigsaw puzzles, while randomly facing each of the four directions. The 28 subjects were blind to the hypothesis, and were studied in a room in which window blinds blocked sunlight from passing through the windows.
For this focused attention portion the study focused in on frontal beta and gamma waves because these are the brain waves most particularly associated with focused attention.
The study found that:
  • Average time to complete the puzzles was shorter when facing east, then north, then west and south.
  • Brain coherence while completing the puzzles was greatest when subjects were facing east, next north, and last, west and south, as predicted.

The authors concluded that head direction affects speed of performance and levels of beta and gamma coherence exactly as anticipated in Maharishi Vastu architecture, and greatly advances the validation by science of this important system. It should be taken into account when any office building or school is designed.
The peer-reviewed study by Travis, Lipman, Parim, Hodak and Leete has been published in the International Journal of Psychological Studies and may be viewed in its entirety at
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