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Why We May Believe in Fate, Karma or God’s Will

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A lot of the New Age literature out there – and particularly the various material regarding manifestation techniques and the law of attraction – pays lip service to the idea that we create our own reality. Many people do believe this, though they may put their belief into action only up to a certain point. Whenever tragedy or misfortune befalls human beings, the majority still tend to imagine...

The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis and What it Says About Your Brain

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Have you ever thought… about thinking? As in: what happens when you go about thinking? How do deaf people think? And is it possible to train the way you think in order to think quicker? Whether or not this is something that takes up much of your thoughts, it’s certainly something that psychologists and scientists find very interesting. But it’s also something that remains quite a mystery and is...

What Is Hypnagogia?

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Hypnagogia describes that magical state just before you fall asleep. At this point you are not yet dreaming or completely unconscious, and yet you will often notice your thoughts start to drift as you slowly lose your grip on reality – as though your mind were ‘leading’ you in to sleep. In fact the term hypnagogia actually means ‘leading to sleep’ (hypnos meaning sleep...

Do Computers Provide a Suitable Analogy for the Human Brain?

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The human brain is a highly complex piece of organic machinery and explaining and understanding it can sometimes take a lot of work. Thus, we are constantly looking for ways to explain it more simply and one of the most common analogies we will use to this end is that of a computer. Many aspects of our brain are similar to the functions and components of computers and this makes them ripe for...

An Introduction to the Different Types of Brainwave and What They Mean

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If you are to understand the brain and human psychology, then understanding brainwaves and what they mean is a key component. You may have heard of ‘alpha’ or ‘beta’ brainwaves in the past and you might have seen or even used electroencephalograms. But what really do these waves actually represent? What’s going on in the brain that causes them? How can a brain… wave...

Why Is the Brain Wrinkly?

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If you were to pull out your brain (don’t…), you would find that it was covered in wrinkles a bit like a prune. This is due to something called ‘cortical folding’ which is also known as ‘gyrencephalization’. In fact, the individual grooves even have names: the indents are called ‘sulci’ while the bumps between them are called ‘gyri’. So...

The N-Back Test for Improving Memory – The Only Brain Training That Works?

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Studies on brain training games have resulted in mixed reports. According to the research, brain training tools such as ‘Brain Age’ by Nintendo, or ‘Lumosity’ do work in as much as they help you to improve your ability at completing those games (1), but unfortunately there’s no evidence to suggest that the results are actually transferable to real world scenarios...

Why Blinking Is so Important for Brain Function

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You don’t tend to notice it but you are blinking all the time. Blinking is a completely unconscious process, until the point where we think about it, when it suddenly becomes impossible to do correctly… You’re thinking about it right now, aren’t you? And for something we don’t usually think much about, we actually spend an awful lot of time doing it. Did you know that you...

Are Dolphins Smarter Than Humans?

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One of the defining traits of humanity – other than our intelligence – is just how smart we think we are. Since the dawn of civilisation humans have believed themselves to be superior to every other life form on the planet and have acted in accordance with this world view. Humans – Not All That? But precisely what we base this on is not always certain. Sure, we’ve managed to build things...

How Coffee Can Help You to Get the Perfect Nap

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Most of us consider coffee and caffeine in general to be the absolute worst thing for getting to sleep and having a full and restful night. This is good advice for the most part but actually there is one scenario where coffee can be particularly useful for sleeping – and that’s when it’s taken just before a power nap. The Benefit of Power Naps Power naps generally are very effective...

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.