All In The Mind - ABC Radio National

All In The Mind - ABC Radio National

Australia

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.

Episodes

What’s in a face? Prosopagnosia  

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.

The gendered mind  

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.

Parenting with a mental illness  

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.

Override  

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.

The science of mind over body  

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?

The ghost in my brain  

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 mysterious corpus callosum  

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.

It's a conspiracy  

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.

It's a conspiracy  

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.

The Indigenous memory code  

Traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines hold the key to a powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.

Social lives, genes, and our health  

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.

Healing rhythms  

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

Emotional CPR  

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.

The psychology of money  

As the festive season—and budgets—approach, we discuss how to wise-up to money. Lynne Malcolm and Claudia Hammond talk dollars and sense.

ADHD and overdiagnosis  

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.

Finding consciousness  

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.

Locked in  

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.

The heritability of mental illness  

Genetic testing for risk of a mental illness could be helpful to its management.

Machines for mental health  

It may be that we don't need to be face to face to provide quality mental health care.

Hooked on social media  

Social media it is compelling—but perhaps we depend on it too much.

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