All In The Mind - ABC Radio National

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.


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.

My mind was a stranger  

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.

The psychology of hoarding  

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?

The sound spiral: misophonia  

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.

Dream sleep  

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.

Tuning in to autism  

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.

A stroke of reality  

Stroke can happen at any age—knowing the signs and how to act can be vital.

The neuroscience of learning  

The evidence now being found about the vital role of attention and engagement in effective classrooms.

Egotism and its pitfalls  

We all know the importance of having a healthy self esteem, but what happens when it gets out of hand?

Apps for autism  

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

Creativity and mental illness  

Science is now showing an interesting connection between highly creative people and mental illness.

The Idiot Brain  

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’.

A cultural history of insanity  

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.

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