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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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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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Mental health in infancy

Sun, 15 May 2016 17:00:00 +1000

When a child's mental wellbeing is disturbed by stress or trauma it can have life long effects. How infant mental health is nurtured and what can put it at risk.Tomas (Kathy Lu)

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The mysterious corpus callosum

Sun, 08 May 2016 17:05:00 +1000

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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The ghost in my brain

Sun, 01 May 2016 17:05:00 +1000

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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Meditation meets neuroscience

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

Almost everywhere you turn you hear of the benefits of mindfulness. Long-term Buddhist meditators and neuroscientists are now getting together to share the experience and the science of meditation.A weekend retreat where meditation meets neuroscience. (Leontura, Getty Images)

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The zombie brain

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

Hopefully you haven’t heard of the psychiatric disorder CDHD—because it describes the brain of a zombie. For All In The Mind, neuroscientists and zombie movie nerds unite in the quest for a better understanding of neuroscience—via the zombie brain.Neuroscientists and zombie movie nerds unite in the quest for the zombie brain (Getty Images/iStock)

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

Can problems in your brain make you commit a crime? And if so, how much responsibility is yours? These are the complex questions being raised by the emerging field of neurolaw.Can your brain make you commit a crime—and who is responsible? (Getty Images, iStock/Getty Images Plus)

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The injured brain

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

In Australia 700,000 people are living with an acquired brain injury—often as a result of a traffic accident, fall, or contact sport. The injuries range in severity, but new research is emerging that even concussions after one or two knocks to the head should be taken seriously.The life-changing impact of a brain injury—and stories of recovery (Dierk Schaefer, Flickr, CC BY)

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Playing for time

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

Researchers, therapists and neurologists are using music to treat people with brain injuries, and disorders such as Alzheimer’s, dementia and depression. Listening to and performing music can help manage anxiety, aggression, and improve quality of life for these patients.Music can help people with brain injuries and diseases (Carl Smith, Getty Images)

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The science of mind over body

Sun, 20 Mar 2016 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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Pain on the brain

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

Do you, or does someone you know, live with chronic pain? At least 1 in 5 Australians do, and very often the cause of their pain is not evident—it makes treatment particularly challenging. Scientists are now realising that the brain plays a crucial role in how pain is experienced, and it’s opening the way for some innovative treatments.Your brain plays a crucial role in how your body experiences pain (Science Photo Library/Getty Images)

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Breaking the ice

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

We’re in the midst of an ice epidemic—or are we? It's known that current methamphetamine users are switching from speed to the stronger form of crystal meth or ice. As a result, the risk of addiction and associated mental health problems is increasing.(Moment Collection, Getty Images)

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Still Alice and other stories of neuroscience

Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Lisa Genova is a neuroscientist turned author. Little did she know that her first self-published novel about early onset dementia—Still Alice—would hit the best seller list. Now Lisa Genova has applied her engaging storytelling to an Irish Catholic family overtaken by the genetic neurological condition called Huntington’s disease.Lisa Genova (Greg Mentzer/Flickr/supplied by Lisa Genova)

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Open Dialogue

Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:05:00 +1100

When people reach a crisis point with their mental health, the last thing they need is to feel they are being judged and their reality denied. More than 25 years ago in a small town in Western Lapland, a group of clinicians decided to do things differently.A new approach to therapy includes a person's family and friends in treatment. (E+, Getty Images)

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It's a conspiracy

Sun, 14 Feb 2016 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 boxer's story

Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Australian boxing champion from the 1960s Johnny Famechon describes the fight of his life. His remarkable recovery from brain injury was the result of a Goju Karate expert's intensive movement therapy, his wife's unwavering support and his own determination.Painting of Johnny Famechon in his boxing days (Provided by Ragnar Purje CQUniNewsPICS)

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The story of your brain

Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Locked in the darkness of your skull—the grey mush of your brain devises rich narratives of your reality and identity. Neuroscientist David Eagleman draws on his extensive brain research to tell the story of you. What creates reality? How does the brain determine what you see, how do you make decisions and could new technology expand what it means to be human?The brain has the complexity of a city (SPL Creative Getty)

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Music of memory

Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Our relationship with music begins at birth, if not before, and plays a role in the formation of our identity when we are young. Now a heart-warming movement called Music & Memory is creating personalised music playlists for residents with dementia in nursing homes—who use their mobile device to hear it.Music can evoke some profound and powerful memories (Dimitri Otis, Getty Images)

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The second brain

Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Leading edge science is discovering that our brain and mental health are influenced by what goes on in the gut.The foods we eat determine the balance of bacteria in our gut which influences the brain and mental health (Mark Lund/ Getty Images)

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Everyone is watching

Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:05:00 +1100

We hear the story of one man’s experience of this delusion, and a psychiatrist who reflects on the impact that popular culture can have on our mental health.Jim Carrey in The Truman Show (courtesy of Getty Images)

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Girls and autism

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:05:00 +1100

Most people tend to think of autism as a male disorder, the character in the film Rain Man often comes to mind. But emerging research shows that girls often have different symptoms which cause them to slip through the net.One of the best known women with autism is Temple Grandin pictured speaking at TED in 2010 (Red Maxwell, Flickr, CC BY NC 2.0)

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Children and their emotions

Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:05:00 +1100

Are children are more anxious these days? There’s no way to be really sure, but according to some researchers anxiety is one of the more common mental health problems that kids are facing.Do kids experience more anxiety these days? (Juan Silva, Getty Images)

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