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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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Trauma, memory, and mental health

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Trauma has a deep impact on the lives of survivors. It’s associated with mental and physical health problems, including substance abuse, and neuroscience is showing that a traumatic memory is quite different from a normal memory. Mental health services now realise that early trauma must be taken into account as an essential part of recovery from mental distress.(Unsplash: Bekah Russom)

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Do you never forget a face? You might be pretty good—but are you a super-recogniser? Research is trying to identify our face recognition abilities, and how we compare to those of a computer algorithm.(Getty Images: Donald Iain Smith)

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Frontiers of the changeable brain

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 17:05:00 +1100

If something goes wrong with the brain we often assume that things can’t change much—especially with extreme conditions. But neuroplasticity, and the almost limitless capacity of the brain to remould itself, is beginning to turn that assumption on its head.

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BPD and healing relationships

Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness which causes deep pain and tumultuous relationships. But there is good therapy. A young Wiradjuri woman and her adoptive mum tell their story.Kerry-Ann with one of her artworks (Kerry-Ann Chapman)

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Borderline Personality Disorder: stigma to strength

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Borderline Personality Disorder is the cause of deep pain—yet it is steeped in stigma and often not thought of as a legitimate disorder. But with good treatment it’s possible to live a normal and full life.Mahlie Jewell (Mahlie Jewell)

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A highly superior memory

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:05:00 +1100

If you were given a date from the last five years could you say what day of the week it was? One young woman in Australia can remember every single day of her life since she was born. We hear about her life and the research she’s involved with—as a single participant.(Getty Images: Jan Hakan Dahlstrom/The Image Bank)

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The scientist, the monk, and Ruby Wax

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Comedian Ruby Wax has teamed up with a Buddhist monk and a neuroscientist to explore how the mind works—and have a laugh at the same time. Ruby talks about her experience of depression, and whether her traumatic upbringing relates to her hilarious take on the human condition.Ruby Wax (Steve Ullathorne)

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Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Most of us are vulnerable to forming bad habits and addictive behaviours— to binge eat, to smoke, take harmful drugs, or over-exercise. But if we better understood our craving mind we could mend our ways.(Getty Images: Chris Ryan)

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What's in a face? Prosopagnosia

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 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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Dissociation and coping with trauma

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 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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A superhuman escape

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 17:05:00 +1100

Maude Julien was imprisoned by her father in an isolated mansion in France and subjected her to endless horrifying endurance tests in a plan to create a superhuman.A cardigan similar to the one Maude Julien wore—with bells to indicate her movement. (with thanks to Text Publishing (rights holder))

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Definitely tone deaf?

Sun, 31 Dec 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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The medical muso

Sun, 24 Dec 2017 17:05:00 +1100

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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Brain stimulation for depression

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

Clinical depression is sometimes not helped by medication. One promising alternative treatment is TMS: a magnetic pulse passed through the skin to a focussed part of the brain.(Getty Images: Roy Scott)

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Prize winners in mental health advocacy

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 17:05:00 +1100

Joint winners of the 2017 Australian Mental Health Prize—Allan Fels, who focusses on improving our mental health care system; and mental health advocate Janet Meagher.Allan Fells and Janet Meagher

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Why we deny the science

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 17:05:00 +1100

In this age of contested political issues and unchecked information, we examine the psychological tricks and the quirks of neuroscience which often lead us to believe untruths and ignore the facts.(Getty Images: Marcus Butt)

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All In The Mind presents ... Sum of All Parts

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +1100

Fans of All In The Mind might enjoy this new podcast from the ABC! Sum of All Parts tells extraordinary stories from the world of numbers. Like this story, about a young man with an unusual type of epilepsy, where he hears what are called ‘musical auras’ whenever he has a seizure.(ABC RN)

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Judgement day and the science of belief

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

The world would end on Judgement Day—21 May, 2011. Some people were convinced, others were sceptical. But the science of belief may explain post-truth politics, and why fake news can appear so believable.(Getty Images: Spencer Platt)

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Brain diversity and modernisation

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

A neuroscientist and entrepreneur in rural India is researching on the way brain activity may be influenced by modern progress, and even by income.A participant in the study (with thanks to Sapien Labs)

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Does mental 'illness' exist?

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

A leading professor of psychology says that seeing mental distress as an illness is the wrong approach. We need a model of care which supports people who are distressed due to their social and life circumstances.(Getty Images: Roy Scott/Ikon Images)

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Lived experience in mental health care

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

It’s not always helpful for someone to be labelled as having an illness when they are emotionally distressed. Sometimes simple support can make more of a difference to a person’s outlook. A possible shift in the provision of mental services might be to increase the provision of social justice.Flick Grey

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The sound spiral: misophonia

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

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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Life as a brain surgeon

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

Brain surgery is bloody, messy, and dangerous. Britain’s foremost neurosurgeon Henry Marsh likens it to a blood sport—but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered and he shares with us his victories, mistakes, and musings on consciousness and death.Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh (Alex Mackworth-Praed)

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Emotional CPR

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 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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Therapy outside the box

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

New research on anxiety and depression is looking at the underlying emotional processes which trigger mental distress, and this is leading to a transdiagnosic approach to treatment.(Getty Images: Roy Scott)

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The gambling zone

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

People who spend a lot of time at the pokies could be familiar with ‘the zone’—a state of mind enhanced by the gambling environment to keep them at the machines.Gambling machines can sometimes give an odd impression of winning (Getty Images: Glowimages)

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The psychology of hoarding

Sun, 24 Sep 2017 17:05:00 +1000

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 divided brain

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Your brain is divided into distinct hemispheres which work together to give you different experiences of the world. But has the balance between the two halves of your brain got out of whack—and what’s the impact?The two hemispheres of the brain work together to give different experiences of the world (Getty Images: Bestdesigns)

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All in the Mind presents Science Friction

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 00:00:00 +1000

If you enjoy All in the Mind you may be interested in this Science Friction episode on the psychological impact of working on the U.S. drone program.

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Contemplating consciousness

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 17:05:00 +1000

We contemplate the nature of consciousness with a philosopher, a neuroscientist, and a Buddhist scholar.People have been contemplating the nature of consciousness for millennia (Getty Images: Agsandrew)

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Racial bias and the brain

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Racism can be blatant and violent but often it's subtle and insidious. We explore the psychology and neuroscience of racial bias.Racial bias can affect your mental and physical health (Getty Images: RapidEye)

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The enigma of time

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 17:05:00 +1000

When we’re bored time drags, and wouldn’t you swear that time seems to speed up as you get older? Drawing on the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience we explore the mystery of time perception, it’s connection to our sense of self and how we could be the architect of our own perception of time.Our perception of time is subjective (Getty Images: Benjamin Sheam)

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Young people surviving cancer

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 17:00:00 +1000

When you are young the last thing you expect is to be diagnosed with cancer and have to face your own mortality. Psychologists are working on ways to support young adults through their diagnosis, treatment and life post treatment.Jasmine was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma while travelling overseas at age 22 (Photo: Charmaine Lyons / Supplied, Scar Stories)

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Off the hook

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:05:00 +1000

How to renegotiate your relationship with your smart phone.Your relationship with your mobile device can affect your other relationships (Getty Images: Mimi Haddon)

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A meaningful life

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 17:05:00 +1000

It may well be that the most significant factor to determine sustained happiness is a sense of purpose and meaning in your life.Having meaning in your life determines your happiness (Getty Images: Thomas Barwick)

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Considering pain

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

The context in which we sense pain can change the experience of it—but there are things to learn about how this happens.Pain is so subjective but we can learn how to handle it better (Getty Images: Christopher Robbins)

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First impressions—the face bias

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

The science behind our judgement of faces for their trustworthiness, competency, and character.It takes less than one second to form a first impression (Getty Images: Dimitri Otis)

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A superhuman escape

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

Maude Julien was imprisoned by her father in an isolated mansion in France and subjected her to endless horrifying endurance tests in a plan to create a superhuman.A cardigan similar to the one Maude Julien wore—with bells to indicate her movement. (with thanks to Text Publishing (rights holder))

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The creation of emotions

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

Are the emotions we experience the same as everyone else's? New research shows that emotions are not 'hard-wired', and are developed by our brains and our bodies as we go through life.Facial expression is part of communicating emotion—and new research shows that your brain creates emotional states throughout life (Getty Images: Gen Nishino)

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Contemplating happiness with Matthieu Ricard

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

Scientific studies have shown that your brain can be trained to be more compassionate; and together with altruism, it can generate a positive outlook for everyone.French Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard teaches the techniques to become more compassionate—and altruistic (Getty Images: Kenzo Tribouillard/Stringer)

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The genetics of depression

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Depression is the most disabling chronic condition worldwide and research is now underway to precisely identify the genes associated with it—the results may lead to dramatically improved and personalised treatment.Genetic research and neuroscience are aiming to identify the genes associated with depression, in order to personalise treatment (Getty Images: William Whitehurst)

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Connecting with baby

Sun, 18 Jun 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Emerging theories of child development suggest that a babies have agency over their movements even in the womb, and that their actions help them to make sense of the world.Child development studies suggest that babies have command of their movements even before birth (Getty Images: David Aaron Troy)

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The science of hedonism

Sun, 11 Jun 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n' roll. It’s a winning trifecta—no matter what the potential dangers are. Hear about the discovery of LSD, and the wide-ranging effects that music has on our brain.Humans really like pleasure—including those which may eventually harm us. So why do we do it? (Getty Images: Matthew Micah Wright)

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The psychology of paedophilia

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 17:05:00 +1000

The psychology of paedophilia. Are there differences in the brains of paedophiles or is attraction to children on a universal continuum, controlled only by socialisation?(Getty images by ivanastan)

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End of life care

Sun, 28 May 2017 17:05:00 +1000

At a specially designed palliative care unit at a leading Sydney hospital we hear from a patient about his needs and expectations for the final stages of his life—and the staff reflect on what they learn about their own priorities in life by caring for others.Creating comfort and meaning in end of life care (Getty Images: Portra Images)

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When a healthy diet becomes an unhealthy obsession

Sun, 21 May 2017 17:05:00 +1000

We’re bombarded by blogs and social media with rules for healthy eating: quit sugar, go gluten-free, cut out carbs, eat paleo. But taking the rules too far could lead to an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.(Getty Images: pxel66)

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The food-mood connection

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:05:00 +1000

In the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry, the evidence is now building that particular foods could have a significant influence on our mental health—particularly depression.We check the latest research on foods which can positively affect our mental health (Getty Images: Brett Stevens)

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Learning to learn

Sun, 07 May 2017 17:05:00 +1000

Most of us love being able to look up just about anything on our smart phones and know the answer in an instant. But do you ever worry about what that’s doing to our brains and our capacity to retain knowledge?The learning experience can be perplexing—but there are ways to learn better (Getty Images: khoa vu)

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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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