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All In The Mind - ABC Radio National

All In The Mind is Radio National's weekly foray into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour - everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.

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In the therapy room

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:05:00 +1000

We go behind the closed doors of the consulting room with renowned psychotherapist of 40 years—Susie Orbach.(Getty Images: Joe Houghton)

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The secret history of self-harm

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 17:05:00 +1000

After self-harming as a teenager, a historian delves into the past for some important insights into how we can better manage and treat those who self-harm today.Woodcut of flagellants during a plague epidemic in Europe (Getty Images:

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The medical muso

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:05:00 +1000

There’s nothing like a favourite piece of music to lift your spirits, and music is known to play a powerful role in the healing process. Musician Andrew Schulman now uses music as medicine in hospital intensive care units.Medical musician Andrew Schulman (With thanks to Andrew Schulman)

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The brain makers

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 17:05:00 +1000

We’re beginning to understand the most complex piece of highly organised matter in the universe: the human brain. In international collaborations, scientists are unravelling its mysteries by using brain-inspired approaches to computingInternational research combines neuroscience with computing power (Getty Images: bestdesigns)

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Turbulent minds collide

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Martin is a happily-married GP, until he’s suddenly hit with the lows, then the highs of bi-polar disorder. A fictional work by one of Australia’s leading psychiatrists gives an intimate insight into people living with mood disorders.The meeting of different personalities can make for a turbulent life (Getty Images: Henrik Sorensen)

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Children who hear voices

Sun, 26 Mar 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Imagination is vital for children's development, but sometimes kids hear voices of characters who aren’t there—a new book helps kids understand what's behind these voices.Illustration from the book Did You Hear That? (Abi Das)

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The strength of recognition

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Indigenous people in the heart of our country are adversely affected by the harsh racial divide, and their history of suffering and trauma. We hear from psychologists and indigenous leaders about a ground-breaking community psychoanalytic approach to Aboriginal mental healthThe Men's Tjilirra Movement (courtesy of CASSE)

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Growing up digitally

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Today’s kids are well connected to smart devices and social media platforms. Growing up digitally offers exciting opportunities, but also has its challenges.The digital world can bring both opportunities and challenges to families (Getty Images: Mark Mawson)

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Definitely tone deaf?

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Are you a good singer, or are you only comfortable singing in the privacy of your shower? We explore a condition called congenital amusia—also known as tone deafness—and track a self-confessed bad singer trying to get back in tune.(Getty Images: bowie15)

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Dissociation and coping with trauma

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +1100

The compelling account of a woman who lived with dissociative identity disorder—and how she eventually became integrated.(Getty Images: Betsie van der Meer)

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What's in a face? Prosopagnosia

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +1100

The faces of our friends and family are instantly recognisable to us—but about 1 in 50 of us say that looking at a face is like looking at a brick wall.Some people are unable to recognise the faces of people they meet everyday (Getty Images: harpazo_hope)

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The gendered mind

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Do men and women have fundamentally different minds? We re-examine the science to see if testosterone really is king when it comes to our gender formation.Discussing how testosterone and gender match up (Getty Images: Peter Cade)

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Parenting with a mental illness

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Being a parent can be very rewarding, but if you are managing your own mental health you may not be able to be the parent you’d like to be. It can be sad and confusing for kids too—and they often take on a caring role.Resources and ways to talk with children about parents' mental health issues (Getty Images: dszc)

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Brain override

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Now that we know about brain plasticity, many of us hope that we can improve the control we have over some of our brain states.How we might reduce anxiety, improve our maths, and sense of direction (Getty Images: darkbird77)

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The science of mind over body

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Placebos, virtual reality gaming, Pavlov’s-dog-style conditioning, and just plain care are some of the proven ways that our minds can treat and heal our bodies. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence confirming what we may already suspect about how mental states can affect health—but what are the limits of mind-body medicine?A growing body of scientific evidence confirms suspicions that mental states can affect bodily health (Blend Images/Getty Images)

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The ghost in my brain

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +1100

When a professor of artificial intelligence had disturbing brain injury symptoms as a result of a concussion, he lost his former self—but encouraged by the potential of brain plasticity he changed the course of his life.The potential of brain plasticity to reunite the self (agsandrew/Getty Images)

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The mysterious corpus callosum

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +1100

The corpus callosum links one side of our brain to the other. It’s not essential for survival, but in some people it’s missing or malformed, causing quite mild to extreme disabilities. The good news is that research is now revealing that it holds intriguing secrets about brain plasticity.Anatomical drawing of the brain showing location of the Corpus Callosum (Henry Vandyke Carter [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

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It's a conspiracy

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 17:05:00 +1100

9/11 was an inside job, Princess Diana was murdered in a government plot, and the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked. There’s a conspiracy theory for just about every major event—but believers aren’t just on the paranoid fringe, wearing tin foil hats.A protestor holds a sign claiming the 11 September 2001 attacks on the US were an inside job (AFP, Getty Images)

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The Indigenous memory code

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines hold the key to a powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.(Penny Tweedie/Getty Images)

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Social lives, genes, and our health

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Having a sense of meaning in life can protect against chronic disease—but those who lack social connection are more prone to ill health. We talk with Steve Cole about social genomics.Maintaining a sense of positivity in life can be important for our mental health (Getty Images: Robert Deutschman)

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Healing rhythms

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Rhythmic music can affect how the brain controls our stress response. We discuss with counsellor Simon Faulkner how group-based drumming taps into people’s emotions—and when combined with reflective discussion this can be an effective alternative form of therapy.

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Emotional CPR

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher would like to shift the paradigm of mental health services and empower people to play a strong role in their own recovery—so he’s teaching emotional CPR.(Getty Images: Kay Bartolozzi/EyeEm)

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The psychology of money

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:05:00 +1100

As the festive season—and budgets—approach, we discuss how to wise-up to money. Lynne Malcolm and Claudia Hammond talk dollars and sense.Learning how to outwit the power of money can reap rewards (Getty Images: Dan Browsword)

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ADHD and overdiagnosis

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Twenty percent of American boys are diagnosed with ADHD by the time they turn 18—is ADHD being overdiagnosed and overtreated? Alan Schwarz, Florence Levy, and Rae Thomas give their perspectives.ADHD is one condition at risk of being overdiagnosed—and we discuss how that can happen (Getty Images: photos_martYmage)

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Finding consciousness

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:05:00 +1100

To help determine consciousness, a neuroscientist tells jokes to a person in a vegetative state, and scans their brain—Professor Adrian Owen describes his research.Humour—in conjunction with brain scans—can help ascertain consciousness (Getty Images: Roy Scott)

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Locked in

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 17:05:00 +1100

At the age of 12 Martin Pistorius developed a mysterious neurological illness. He fell into a coma and was unable to move or communicate. It was assumed he had no awareness but a couple of years later he began to wake up—yet no-one knew. He was trapped inside his body for almost 10 years until he found a way to communicate. Using computer-generated voice technology he tells us about how he coped with this terrifying ordeal, and how he found the love of his life.Martin Pistorius could not communicate for years (Supplied)

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The heritability of mental illness

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Genetic testing for risk of a mental illness could be helpful to its management.Detecting the risk of some potentially heritable mental disorders (Getty Images: Andrew Brookes)

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Machines for mental health

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 17:05:00 +1100

It may be that we don't need to be face to face to provide quality mental health care.Help with mental health issues may not need to be face to face (Getty Images: Donald Iain Smith)

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Hooked on social media

Sun, 16 Oct 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Social media it is compelling—but perhaps we depend on it too much.(Getty Images: franckreporter)

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My mind was a stranger

Sun, 09 Oct 2016 17:05:00 +1100

The story of an Irish design engineer who suffers from an extreme form of bipolar disorder—charting his relationship with the illness from an idyllic childhood, through a drink and drug-fuelled adolescence and early adulthood, to relative stability today.Bipolar disorder can eventually see some light (Getty Images: David Crunelle/EyeEm)

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The psychology of hoarding

Sun, 02 Oct 2016 17:05:00 +1100

We all have different approaches to how much stuff we accumulate. But what happens when your attachment to things becomes so strong that a decision to let go of anything is impossible?

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The sound spiral: misophonia

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 17:05:00 +1000

For some people certain sounds not only annoy them, but send them into panic, anxiety, and even rage. This hyper-sensitivity is a recently discovered condition called misophonia. We discuss the the research trying make sense of it.Some sounds go beyond annoying—they're intolerable (Jamie Grill/Getty Images)

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Dream sleep

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:05:00 +1000

A good night's sleep is divided into cycles, some of which are REM, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep—and may be important for memory.Your memory may be strongly related to your REM sleep (Colin Anderson/Getty Images)

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Tuning in to autism

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 17:05:00 +1000

People with autism often have difficulty with social interaction. In a candid and poignant interview, spokesperson John Elder Robison shares his experience of living with autism.John Elder Robison and the LED guitar he built for Ace Frehley (courtesy of John Elder Robison)

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A stroke of reality

Sun, 04 Sep 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Stroke can happen at any age—knowing the signs and how to act can be vital.A stroke can happen at any age (Victor de Schwanberg/Getty Images)

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The neuroscience of learning

Sun, 28 Aug 2016 17:05:00 +1000

The evidence now being found about the vital role of attention and engagement in effective classrooms.Engagement in the classroom can be vital for learning (ImagesBazaar/Getty Images)

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Egotism and its pitfalls

Sun, 21 Aug 2016 17:05:00 +1000

We all know the importance of having a healthy self esteem, but what happens when it gets out of hand?There are ways around a destructive ego (With thanks to Ryan Holiday)

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Apps for autism

Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Researchers are finding new clues to early identification of autism, and computer games to help autistic kids unlock their true potential.The Gaze game

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Creativity and mental illness

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Science is now showing an interesting connection between highly creative people and mental illness.The latest research connects mental illness with creativity in both art and science (Dina Belenko/Getty Images)

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The Idiot Brain

Sun, 31 Jul 2016 17:05:00 +1000

The brain is a complex organ which may be at the centre of all human experience—but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? A neuroscientist and stand-up comedian from the UK calls it ‘The Idiot Brain’.The brain is a complex organ—but can it do everything? (m-imagephotograpy/Getty Images)

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A cultural history of insanity

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 17:05:00 +1000

In the ancient world mental disturbance was explained in religious terms or by the action of evil spirits—we look at the cultural history of insanity for insights into modern-day treatment.THE MADHOUSE: 18th-Century Bedlam Insane Asylum, from a painting by William Hogarth (Charles Phelps Cushing/ClassicStock/Getty Images)

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Mindreading, ethics, and the law

Sun, 17 Jul 2016 17:05:00 +1000

The idea of technologies that could help us read the minds of others just by scanning their brains is both exciting and unnerving—and it’s imminent.The future prospects for brain-scanning technology (Mladen Kostic/Getty Images)

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Brain decoding

Sun, 10 Jul 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Imagine if it were possible to read people’s thoughts by detecting their brain activity with a brain decoder. We hear from the researchers who can already tell something about what you’re watching or listening to.Imagine reading people’s thoughts by detecting brain activity. (Carol and Mike Werner/Science Photo Library/Getty Images)

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The Indigenous memory code

Sun, 03 Jul 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines hold the key to a powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.(Penny Tweedie/Getty Images)

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Voices and mental illness

Sun, 26 Jun 2016 17:05:00 +1000

The latest research shows that hearing voices is not just experienced by people with schizophrenia and psychosis. We follow up on last week’s ‘inner voices’ programme by exploring what hallucinations can tell us about mental illness.The experience of hearing voices can inform us about mental illness (Matt Kenyon, Getty Images)

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Our inner voices

Sun, 19 Jun 2016 17:05:00 +1000

We all hear voices. For some people the inner conversation brings reason, memory, self-encouragement or rebuke. For others, the voices seem to come from outside—and they might be friendly or deeply malicious. This week All in the Mind explores the workings of our inner voices and how they link to our development and creativity.(Eric Raptosh Photography, Getty Images)

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Autism and empowerment

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Sometimes people with autism develop mental illness too, which can cause misunderstanding and misdiagnosis. Hear one woman's story as she shares her insights to empower others.Shared insights into autism can empower others (Henrik Sorensen, Getty Images)

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The funny side of Alzheimer's

Sun, 05 Jun 2016 17:05:00 +1000

Michelle Wyatt’s father sat devotedly by his wife’s side in the dementia ward every day from eight o’clock in the morning until eight o’clock at night. It was an intense and poignant journey through Alzheimer’s disease for the whole family—but along the way they used their wicked sense of humour to get them through.Michelle Wyatt at her wedding, with her mum and dad (courtesy of Michelle Wyatt)

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Eating disorders, families and technology

Sun, 29 May 2016 17:05:00 +1000

It’s estimated that nine percent of the Australian population has an eating disorder. Many of these people are also anxious and depressed. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness but little is known about the cause—so treatment is challenging.Technology is becoming part of the treatment for eating disorders (Julie Davila-Lampe, Getty Images)

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Therapies for OCD

Sun, 22 May 2016 17:05:00 +1000

It's unsettling to leave the house and think—did I turn the stove off, or leave the door unlocked? Now recent research shows that family can play a critical role in treatment and recovery.Family has a role in treatment for OCD. (Ron Chapple, Getty Images)

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