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2. Internal Focus as a Subset of Attention •This study was done to gather evidence on internal focus of attention as it relates to voluntary production of alpha brain wave rhythm. •Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1972. •Drs. Frederick J. Bremner and F. Moritz. •Results: There was a relationship demonstrated between the onset of alpha rhythm in the EEG, the subject’s unique subjective feeling, and the subject’s verbal response that he or she was at a particular state of attention. Internal focus 3. Silva Mind Control and Changes in EEG Alpha Power •This research was done to demonstrate that the Silva Method graduate can increase the production of his or her alpha brain wave rhythm when entering the “basic plane level.” •Clinical Neurology Department, San Carlos Clinic Hospital, Madrid Spain, 1985. •Jose Carlos Oliveros, MD, Head of the Clinical Electroneurophysiology Service, San Carlos Clinical Hospital; Tomas Ortiz, MD, Head of the Psychobiology Department, Complutense University, Madrid; Ana Maria Selman, Bs.D., in Biological Sciences; Simon Arrigain, BS in physics, Head of Computer Service, Clinical Electroneurophysiology, San Carlos Clinical Hospital. •Results indicated a significant increase in the median values of alpha power in the occipital and temporal areas of the brain while the research subjects were in a state of “dynamic meditation.” Increased Alpha Power 4. Ratio of People Seeking Benefits to People Receiving Benefits from the Silva Mind Control Basic Lecture Series •This research was conducted for the Board of Directors of Mind Science Foundation so that they could evaluate whether participants in the Silva Mind Control Basic Lecture Series are receiving the benefits they are seeking. •Mind Science Foundation, San Antonio, Texas, and Los Angeles, California, 1973. •Dr. J.W. Hahn, Director of Mind Science Foundation. •More than 1,100 Silva Method graduates who responded to the survey indicated that they had received more benefits than they had sought when they attended the BLS. Dr. Hahn reported that 99.6 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the course. •Report presented to the Board of Directors of Mind Science Foundation, and published by Silva International in 1973. Mind Science Foundation Research 5. The Effect of Expectations on the Effectiveness of the Silva Method •This research was done to determine whether skeptics who come to the Basic Lecture Series with a low expectancy benefit as much as people who come expecting a lot. •Bar-Illan University, Department of Sociology, Israel, 1989. •Rafael Liberman. •Positive results: “The results show that ‘skeptics’ who take the Silva course attain the same achievements as those whose expectations were high.... The Silva Method can reduce the level of anxiety and make it possible to attain achievements beyond the participants’ expectations of success in the course.” •Published by Silva International, Inc. 6. Silva Mind Control and Levels of Anxiety •This research was conducted to measure the effect of the Silva Method on both trait and state anxiety levels of subjects. •Psychology Department, Haifa University, Haifa, Israel, 1984. •Rafael Liberman. •The results confirm the hypothesis that the stable anxiety level of the participants on finishing the course and at the next stage, will be significantly less than the stable anxiety level at the beginning of the same. Both “state anxiety” and “trait anxiety” levels were improved significantly. Previous researchers felt that trait anxiety levels could not be altered significantly, but the results from this study indicated that trait anxiety levels were significantly reduced following completion of the Silva Method Basic Lecture Series. Follow- up studies showed that improvement continues the most when participants continue to practice. •Published by Silva International, Inc. Trait Anxiety 7. The Albuquerque Report •This research was done to measure the positive influence of the Silva Method on personality factors. Conducted with a group of 30 people in a regular Basic Lecture Series. •Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1974. •George T. DeSau, Ed.D., and Paul Seawell. •The results confirm the informal observations of definite and valuable changes taking place in Silva Method courses. The individuals tested appear to be moving away from any indication of neurotic disorders and toward greater self-guidance, fulfillment, and balance based on their own internal points of reference. The researchers said that, “this shift appears significant indeed.” •Published by Silva International, Inc., 1974. Albuquerque Report 8. Incarnate Word High School Project •This research was done to find out what benefits the high school students felt they received from the Silva Mind Control Basic Lecture Series •Incarnate Word School for Girls, San Antonio, Texas, 1972. •Ray Glau, Don Kreipke, and Ron Bynum from the Silva Method; and Sister Miriam Garana, and Sister Teresa Connors of Incarnate Word High School. •A total of 371 of the 460 students from seventh grade to seniors took the Silva Mind Control Basic Lecture Series. The results were very positive. School officials were surprised that so many of the students reported that Silva Mind Control “helped me to remove feelings of depression and fear.” Several students admitted that they had enrolled in the course because it was better than staying in class, but afterwards 96 percent said they were glad they had taken the course and felt it was worth the time. “According to the numerous interviews, my own observations, and the results of the questionnaire... I can honestly say that they project was highly successful! It is not a panacea, but when the principles of Silva Mind Control are used effectively, it prepares the atmosphere in which confidence can grow, in which there can be personal and academic growth and achievement — the type of growth parents and educators dream of — the total development of the person.” Sister Miriam was visited by Father John Rilley, principal of Hallahan High School in Philadelphia, which helped open the way for Silva Mind Control to be taught there and in two other high schools in the area, with full psychometric testing to determine the actual personality factors that change when students learn to use more of their minds to help them solve more problems. 9. Silva Courses: Their Effects in 3 Secondary Schools •This research was done to measure the influence of Silva Mind Control in personality factors amongst high school students, with psychometric testing using Cattell's High School Personality Questionnaire. •Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1974. •Schools: Hallahan High School — 2,000 students; •St. Fidelis High School - 120 students; •Lawrenceville High School — 520 students. •George T. DeSau, Ed.D. •Positive results in all three schools. “A factor of change which is persistent and strong after Silva Mind Control training is that of a shifting to internal points of reference — another way of saying the recognition by an individual of his own value and a significant step toward self-control as opposed to being controlled by external others. Further, the reduction of guilt...has tremendous therapeutic as well as educational implications... The other consistent element is that of individuals reporting themselves as being more relaxed and tranquil, certainly characteristics that are much needed in the educational milieu, to say nothing of society in general.” •Published by Silva International, Inc., 1974. 3 Schools 10. Ninos Cantores del Zulia School Project •This research was conducted ten years after the research at the schools in Pennsylvania to determine the influence of the BLS on students now that there is “a new level of awareness and commitment to the inclusion of a subjective mind training program for self-development” in school curricula. •George T. DeSau, Ed.D., and Marcelino Alcala, 1981. •Maracaibo, Venezuela. •The results were consistent with previous research. •Published by Silva International, Inc. 11. International Educational Investigation Project •To determine the effects of teaching the Silva Method in the Parochial schools on Guam. •Guam, 1986. •Three parish schools. •Dr. George DeSau, Sister Mary Bernard Unpingo, Sister Naomi Curtin, Nelda Sheets. •Very positive results, as published in anecdotal reports by Silva International. 12. The Effect of the Silva Three Fingers Technique on the Improvement of Grades of University Students •University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 1988. •Dr. E. Henry Stanton. •The students who had learned the Three Fingers Technique improved their test scores nine percentage points — or 17 percent — from one term to the next, while the control group actually dropped one point over the same period. •Published in the Journal of the Society of Accelerative Learning and Teaching, and by Silva International. Accelerative Learning 13. The Effect of Very Brief Exposure to the Silva Three Fingers Technique on Reducing Anxiety while Taking Tests •Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 1990. •Dr. George Maycock. •With only 30 minutes of class time devoted to learning how to enter the alpha level and use the Three Fingers Technique, almost every one of the 15 college students felt the exercise was helpful, and more than half the students felt that they obtained specific benefits in reducing test anxiety and improving test performance. Intuition can be taught 14. The Silva Method and Academic Performance in Higher Education •This research was done to measure the effect of the Silva Method in the learning process, intelligence quotient, and personality factors amongst university students. •Autonomous University of Tlaxcala, Mexico, 1986. •Lilia Alcira Vaca, M.D., Departmental Director of Psychopedagogy of above university, Jorge Mario Medina, Edmundo Sanchez Collazos. •Results indicate that 67.7 percent of the subjects improved their IQ classification. There was also significant improvement in personality traits such as sociability, communication, confidence, self-acceptance, improved self- image, self-reliance, development of creativity, and others. “Therefore, it can be stated that the practice of the Silva techniques contributes to the improvement of academic performance.” •Published by Dinamica Mental Metodo Silva, Mexico, D.F. University Students 15. Concentration with the Silva System •To measure the ability of concentration and memory with 120 people. •Neuquem, Argentina, 1985. •Julia Carrigliano. •Results: 25 percent increase in concentration, and 26 percent memory increase. •Published by the Silva Method of Argentina, 1985. 16. RCA Records Executives •To determine positive personality changes in 25 executives with RCA Records as a result of taking the BLS. •Glen Rock, New Jersey, 1982. •George T. DeSau, Ed.D. •Results: “Indications of change were very positive in terms of personal development as well as viewed from the perspective of characteristics that should make for effective management.” •Published by Silva International, Inc. 17. The Effect of the Silva Method in Enhancing Intuition and Creativity •A group of 30 individuals who participated in the Silva Method were asked to complete three test instruments before and after the training: The HCP Profile Test to determine left versus right brain dominance; the HCP-PSY Test to determine beliefs and experiences about intuition; and the Intuitive Potentials Test, which measures an individual’s current intuitive potentials. •Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 1988. •Dr. George Maycock, Appalachian State University. •Individuals who completed the Silva Method BLS showed a significant increase in scores for all three tests. Individuals in the control group who did not participate in the training showed no significant gains in scores on any of the tests. •This research study was presented at the American Educational Research Association 1988 Annual Meeting, and has been published by Silva International, Inc. 18. Performance Enhancement with Visualization and Mental Rehearsal •To measure and compare the effectiveness in improving athletic skills by: 1) the use of mental rehearsal at the alpha level (using Silva Method techniques); 2) the use of physical practice; 3) the use of a combination of mental and physical practice. •Nyack Junior High School, Nyack, New York, 1987. •Cecelia A. Prediger. •Results: Mental practice produced almost as much improvement as the same amount of time in physical practice, and a combination of mental and physical practice for the same total length of time produced more than twice as much improvement in a specific athletic skill. •Published by Silva International, Inc., 1987. Athletic Performance 19. The Alcoholic Study •This research was done to measure the influence of Silva training on personality changes amongst a group alcoholics and their spouses. •Half-way house, 1973. •George T. DeSau, Ed.D., and Hector M. Cantu, M.S.W. •Positive results. Six months after completion of the BLS, 12 of the 15 alcoholics had had no alcohol in the interim. One had taken a glass of wine and stopped. One had twice started drinking but managed to stop without becoming intoxicated to the point of requiring hospitalization. One required hospitalization for excessive drinking of alcohol. •Published by Silva International, Inc. Alcoholic Study 20. The Ottawa County Project •This research was designed to measure the effect of Silva Mind Control as a rehabilitation tool in social work. •Social Services Department, Ottawa County, Michigan, and Psychology Department of Hope College, Holland, Michigan, 1974. •Dr. James Motiff, Psychology Department, Hope University, Holland, Michigan; Larry Hildore, and David A. Wallace. •Positive results. Test data revealed that the participants — 60 single mothers on welfare — showed marked improvement in every category except “Remembrance and Insight from Dreams.” The most frequently expressed feeling from participants was thankfulness for the Silva Method experience; the second most expressed feeling was that of wanting to help others. Within a few weeks of completing the BLS, 40 of the 60 women gained employment. •Published by Silva International, Inc., 1974. Social Work 21. Silva Mind Control and Personality •This research was done to measure the influence of the Silva Method in personality variables of 200 people. •Complutense University, Madrid, Spain, 1981. •Pilar Usanos Tamayo, Psy.D. •Positive results shown. Prior to the Silva training, there were no differences between the experimental and the control group. After the BLS there were significant differences: The subjects who took the course were more open and communicative than those who didn’t. Four months after the BLS, in the follow- up phase, the difference between the two groups was greater. •Doctoral Thesis: Mind Control and Personality Variances; Experimental Study, Pilar Usanos, Madrid Complutense University, 1984. Published in Mexico by O. Multicolor, 1981. Changes in Personality 22. The Silva Method for Improving Inadequate Behavior in Children •This research was done to show the effects of the Silva Method in the changing of inadequate behavior (aggression, rebelliousness, lack of discipline) in children. •Education Faculty - Catholic University, Maniales, Colombia, 1985. •Dr. Milena de Munoz and Dr. Gloria Nelly Martinez. •Positive results. 23. The Consciousness Movement and the Mental Patient •This research was conducted by two psychiatrists with their patients to measure the effects of Silva training on seriously disturbed psychiatric patients. •Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1980. •Clancy D. McKenzie, M.D., Director of Philadelphia Psychiatric Consultation Service; and Lance S. Wright, M.D., Senior Attending Psychiatrist, Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital and Associate Professor of Child Psychiatry at Hahnemann Medical Hospital. •Improvement was observed in all of the patients, with the exception of two, one of whom it did not help and the other worsened due to factors not associated with the Silva training. An efficient use of the control of dreams was also achieved to help correct problems. “The course was found to be safe and potentially beneficial for neurotics. It was relatively safe and definitely beneficial for the highly disturbed individual, when under the care of a psychiatrist familiar with the program. Both clinical and objective psychological data show that the benefits far outweigh any negative effect.” •Published in Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, 1981. Also published by Silva International, Inc. Silva in Psychiatry 24. Silva Mind Control and Depression •This research was done to show the beneficial effects of the Silva Method on orphans with depressive problems. •Reform School and Orphanage, “Rafael Allau,” Guatemala, 1983. •Susana Mury, M.D. •Published in Tesis de Licenciatura en Psicologia, Rafael Landivar University, Guatemala, 1983. Depression 25. Florida Prison Project      •This research was conducted to determine the effects of the Silva Mind Control Basic Lecture Series on a group inmates who were incarcerated for the first time in the Florida state prison system. •Indian River Correction Institution, Vero Beach, Florida, 1979. •J.W. Hahn, Ph.D., Chaplain Gene M. Little, Ph.D., and Ed Bernd Jr. •The results were excellent. Prison Chaplain Gene M. Little, who administered personality tests to participants before and after the BLS, called it “A very positive program.” He added that none of the 14 participants in the program had gotten into any trouble since completing the BLS, and that the inmates themselves reported that they were much more relaxed, and their grades in the high school and college courses were improving. •Published by Silva Courses of Brevard County, Florida, and by Silva International, Inc. Florida Prison Project 26. Silva Mind Control and its Uses •This research was conducted to measure of the influence of the Silva training on personality factors amongst university professors. •School of Dentistry, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico, Toluca. Edo. de Mexico, Mexico, 1980. •Psychology Department of same university. •With the collaboration of Pilar Usanos Tamayo, Psy.D. •Researchers reported that Silva Mind Control “motivated a positive change in the subjects along the following lines: A feeling of healthiness, with less physical discomfort of possible organic origin; an increase in self-confidence, feeling more optimistic and useful; a certain advance in the process of psychological maturity; more acceptance and integration to social conventions; a decrease in susceptibility, fear, and apprehensions; higher acceptance of reality; a disposition towards extroversion, becoming more open and sociable.” •Published by Silva International, Inc. Personality Factors 27. Benefits of the Silva Method to Teachers and Counselors •This research was conducted to determine how much benefit the Silva Method Basic Lecture Series offers to teachers who have already had considerable formal education, when the BLS is included along with their regular university courses. •Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina, 1985. •Dr. George Maycock. Appalachian State University. •Results: “This study showed that teachers and counselors can benefit from taking the Silva Method as part of their professional training. In this way the benefits of the Silva Method will multiply as these teachers and counselors interact with their classes and clients.” •Published by Silva International, Inc. 28. Silva Mind Control and Psychoprophylactic Childbirth •This project was undertaken to evaluate the effects of Silva Mind Control relaxation for expectant parents, and its influence on the baby. •Ministry of Public Health, Puriscal, Costa Rica, Central America, 1982. •Socorro Rodriguez, M.D., Director of the Mental Health Department, Public Health Ministry of Costa Rica. •"Studies and experience in this field in Costa Rica show that through simple psychoprophylactic childbirth methods and Silva Method techniques adapted for this purpose, women and their partners can participate in the childbearing process from its beginning to actual delivery." •Partial results published at the Silva Method 3rd. World Convention in San Jose, Costa Rica, 1982. 29. The Silva Method and Non-traumatic Induction to Anesthesia •This research was done to measure the effect of the Silva relaxation techniques amongst patients programmed for surgery, evaluating  the reduction in their consumption of chemical anesthetics and the elimination of pain. •Specialties Hospital, Mexican Institute of Social Security, Puebla, Puebla, Mexico, 1981. •Miguel Bautista, M.D. •Positive results. 50 percent reduction in use of chemical anesthetic. 90 percent elimination of pain during the 72 hours following the operation. •Work presented at the Latinoamericano Congress for Anesthesia in Panama in 1981. Anesthesia 30. The effect of the Silva Method on cognitive controls •This research was done to determine the effects of meditation and relaxation on subjects' ability to perceive objective information. •Omaha, Nebraska •David Miller •Silva graduates who performed physical relaxation prior to entering laboratory level demonstrated a greater tendency to focus their concentration inwardly. They were able to identify fewer objects than they could at the beta level. Graduates who entered their laboratory level without relaxing demonstrated an increased ability in outwardly focused concentration from that of their beta level. 31. The Effects of the Silva Method of Relaxation on the Daily (Circadian) Rhythms of the Body •Belgrade, Yugoslavia •Dinko Zovic, M.D., physician and lecturer at the International School for Traditional Medicine and Accoupunnkturologie, meant for physicians/University for Peace OUN. •This research was conducted to determine the extent that the mental relaxation techniques of the Silva Method have an impact on daily (circadian) pulse frequency shifts and on body temperature shifts, as well as how the mentioned rhythms behave during the day when mental relaxation techniques are stopped. •The data obtained confirmed that “the Silva Method mental relaxation techniques have a positive effect on cardiovascular and respiration systems as well as on basal metabolism, in the sense of economy of their operation.” •“It would be beneficial to practice the Silva Method mental techniques, especially at critical hours of the day, since one can easily do them at any place, they are easily learned, and they are very effective, which can be checked both subjectively and objectively.”
Compendium of some research projects on Jose Silva’s findings 1. EEG Correlates of Attention in Humans      •This research was conducted to demonstrate the capacity of the Silva Mind Control graduate to produce alpha brain wave rhythm voluntarily, and the compatibility of it with the conscious production of images. •Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas, 1972. •Drs. Frederick J. Bremner, V. Benignus, and F. Moritz. •The research demonstrated that “the Silva subjects were quite capable of producing the alpha rhythm” on demand. •Published in Neuropsychology, vol. 10 p. 307-312 and 467- 469, England. EEG correlates
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