Norwegian version
Harald Harung

Harald Harung


Together with professor Fred Travis in USA, I have formulated a Unified Theory of Performance, which states that higher mind-brain development is the basis of higher performance in all professions and activities. The theory has four dimensions:
1) Three individual dimensions, which are brain integration, psychological development, and peak experiences (glimpses of higher consciousness).
2) One collective dimension, which is the level of mind-brain development of the social context where the performance takes place (organization and society).
Research on high-performing athletes, managers, and musicians support the theory.

Fields of study

Academic disciplines

Business   Developmental psychology

Subject areas

Organizations   Brain   Educational excellence


Dr. Fred Travis, Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Scientific publications

Harung, Harald S.; Travis, Fred (2020). 4 ways to create a world-class brain. 10 p. Enjoy TM News. Vol. 173.000.

Harung, Harald S.; Travis, Fred (2015). Excellence through Mind-brain Development. The Secrets of World-Class Performers. ISBN: 978-1-4724-6201-5. 208 p. Routledge.

Boes, Ragnhild; Harung, Harald S.; Travis, Fred; Pensgaard, Anne Marte (2014). Mental and physical attributes defining world-class Norwegian athletes: Content analysis of interviews. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports . Vol. 24.

Harung, Harald S.; Travis, Fred (2012). Higher mind-brain development in successful leaders: testing a unified theory of performance. Cognitive Processing . Vol. 13.

Harung, Harald S. (2012). Illustrations of Peak Experiences during Optimal Performance in World-class Performers: Integrating Eastern and Western Insights. Journal of Human Values . Vol. 18.

Travis, Fred; Harung, Harald S.; Lagrosen, Yvonne (2011). Moral Development, Executive Functioning, Peak Experiences and Brain Patterns in Professional and Amateur Classical Musicians: Interpreted in Light of a Unified Theory of Performance. Consciousness and Cognition . Vol. 20.

Harung, Harald; Travis, Fred; Pensgaard, Anne Marte; Boes, Ragnhild; Cook-Greuter, Susanne; Daley, Ken (2011). Higher psycho-physiological refinement in world-class Norwegian athletes: brain measures of performance capacity. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports . Vol. 21.

Harung, Harald (2010). Stimulating Perspective and Reflection in a Course on Value-based Management: An Interdisciplinary Approach Bridging East and West. Journal of Human Values . Vol. 16. doi: 10.1177/097168581001600204

Harung, Harald; Travis, Fred; Blank, Warren; Heaton, Dennis (2009). Higher development, brain integration, and excellence in leadership. Management Decision . Vol. 47.

Harung, Harald (2004). Course on value-based management: Learning to create high-performing organizations by putting man before money. Emerald Management Xtra (EMX), Emerald Journals Online Portfolio, Bradford, England (

These publications are obtained from Cristin. The list may be incomplete