What Are Neurotransmitters and What Role Do They Play in Brain?


When reading about psychology it can often be a challenge to understand what all the different terms mean. It can seem like a lot of jargon at times and this can make it difficult to unravel what everyone is actually talking about when discussing the brain and its mysterious inner workings. One of the terms that you will hear most commonly and that is most fundamental to an understanding of the...

How to Give Your Brain More Energy – And Why That’s the Secret to Super-Efficient Cognition


Have you ever wished that you could take a pill and immediately become smarter? If you’ve seen the film Limitless then you’ll be familiar with the concept of simply swallowing a tablet and suddenly being able to achieve all your ambitions – and chances are that you’ll probably find the concept quite seductive. Who doesn’t wish they could achieve more and run rings around...

How Medical Marijuana Works on the Brain to Reduce Pain


Medical marijuana is becoming increasingly popular as a means of treating pain in patients with chronic conditions. Living with pain can be incredibly detrimental to a patient’s quality of life and thus they might opt to try a course of medical marijuana, even though we don’t fully understand the long-term impacts of using the substance and even though it may have a few short-term...

An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation


The modern world is overcrowded, fast, stressful, and exhausting. Traffic, noise, flashing screens, crowded sidewalks, and twenty four hour news (most of it bad) test our stone-age nervous systems to the limit. In response, many are turning to yoga and meditation, especially mindfulness. Cynics may sneer, but practiced regularly it can quite literally save lives. So what is mindfulness? In...

The Neuroscience of Morality


As any good psychologist knows, there’s no abstract concept that is above a little analysis. And all of our most ‘prized’ human traits, when subjected to said analysis, can almost always be broken down into some basic neuroscience. Let’s take morality as an example. This is something we think makes us human, something we might think is above scrutiny even. In fact though...

What Is Episodic Memory?


When you tell people you have a ‘bad memory’, that would seem to imply that there is only one ‘type’ of memory that can either be good or bad. This seems to look at memory as a binary thing and suggest that there’s no way you can have a memory that is good in some scenarios and bad in others. In reality though, memory is much more complicated than that and really comes in a wide variety of...

How to Strengthen and Quicken Your Central Nervous System


The central nervous system (CNS) is the main ‘control system’ for your body and various parts of your brain. In other words, this is what allows your body to rapidly react to visual stimuli by contracting muscles, releasing hormones and more. Your central nervous system relays information from your sensory organs to your muscles and gives you the ability to catch, to balance and even...

How Does Neuroplasticity Work?


For a long time it was believed that once we leave childhood, our brain will cease to change shape in any notable way. While we can form new memories and ideas, the state of the brain is ‘set’ making it much harder for us to change persistent patterns and learn new languages or ways of moving. This was a popular belief, but in the last decade more recent research (such as this study...

The Neuroscience of Concentration


In order to be successful at almost anything, you need to be able to concentrate on it. Concentration allows us to direct all of our mental and physical faculties toward one objective and it allows us to avoid distraction or confusion. The problem is that many of us struggle with concentration and find ourselves constantly spending too much time on Facebook, or on YouTube watching videos of cats...

Embodied Cognition – How We Think With Our Bodies


Embodied cognition is a theory from psychology and philosophy that changes the way we think about our inner experience and the way we experience the world around us. It’s also an idea that has been somewhat misappropriated and misunderstood by a number of fitness bloggers and athletes, so let’s put the record straight. What Embodied Cognition Really Means Embodied cognition tells us that the...

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman

Keith Hillman is a full time writer specializing in psychology as well as the broader health niche. He has a BSc degree in psychology from Surrey University, where he particularly focused on neuroscience and biological psychology. Since then, he has written countless articles on a range of topics within psychology for numerous of magazines and websites. He continues to be an avid reader of the latest studies and books on the subject, as well as self-development literature.