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All In The Mind

English, Sciences, 1 season, 547 episodes, 3 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes
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All In The Mind is ABC RN's weekly podcast looking into the mental universe, the mind, brain and behaviour — everything from addiction to artificial intelligence.
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Being a human lab rat for 30 years: what happens next

Researchers knew Susannah better than her own parents.They may have even known her better than herself.Today, how spending thirty years in a psychological study warped journalist Susannah Breslin's life.If you enjoyed this episode and want to check out another, take a listen to Trauma, OCD and a PhD. 
4/13/202429 minutes, 6 seconds
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The unspoken rules that govern our behaviour

Whether it's shaking hands or which side of the road to drive on, social norms dominate the way we behave.But when norms change suddenly, you get chaos.Just ask Sweden.If you'd like to hear more from today's expert, Matt featured in an episode in 2021 called Neuromarketing — how brands target your brain. Check it out!
4/6/202429 minutes, 9 seconds
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Are animals conscious?

Have you ever looked at your pet and thought, what is going on inside your brain?Today, we're heading to the World Science Festival Brisbane for All in the Mind live to discuss animal consciousness.If you enjoyed this episode and are keen to listen to another, check out How our brain chemicals drive our behaviour. This episode was recorded live at the World Science Festival Brisbane. 
3/30/202429 minutes, 4 seconds
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Cults and coercive control

Popular culture is endlessly fascinated with cults, and they have the capacity to make ordinary people do unthinkable things.Today - how cults reel people in, how coercive control keeps them there and what it takes to get out.This episode was first broadcast in October 2022. And if you enjoyed listening, you should check out our episode The History of Brainwashing.
3/23/202429 minutes, 5 seconds
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What influences your inner voice? Controlling 'chatter' part two

That voice inside your head - where does it come from? We bring back a topic that was one of our most popular for a long awaited part two. Today, what shapes your internal chatter.Our original episode on chatter is called Controlling the chatter in your head, if you liked this episode you'll love that one!
3/16/202429 minutes, 28 seconds
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How (not) to manifest a million dollars

If you could manifest anything into your life, what would it be? A perfect partner, your dream house, winning the lottery?Manifesting promises a limitless potential of dreams to achieve — through methods like vision boards and affirmations.But does manifesting actually help us realise our goals? Is it harmless fun? Healthy positive thinking? Or can manifestation lead the brain down some dark alleys that you might not expect?In this episode we mention another episode called Visualisation and values — goal setting like a winner. It's part two of our two part series on the athlete's mindset. Part one is called A winning mindset — how top athletes think.  If you have a topic idea for All in the Mind, reach out to us via email at [email protected] 
3/9/202429 minutes, 45 seconds
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Wanted: Unicorns. Mission: Mars.

NASA wants to send humans to Mars in the next decade or so. But can our minds handle it?We talk to a NASA psychologist and retired astronaut about the psychological challenges people already face on long-duration space missions — and find out what it will take to get to Mars.If you liked this episode, you might like one of our past episodes about the isolation we all experienced during the pandemic. It's called The brain in isolation. 
3/2/202429 minutes, 8 seconds
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The skills supercommunicators use, which you can learn too

What does working for the CIA, navigating hot button topics and talking to teenagers all have in common? They're situations that supercommunicators excel at.Today, we explore how you can become a supercommunicator too. In this episode we touch on a previous story, Introversion vs Extroversion. If you enjoyed this episode, you'll love that one too. 
2/24/202430 minutes, 33 seconds
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PRESENTS – Quick Smart

The tables are turned when our own Sana Qadar joins Tegan Taylor on Quick Smart to talk about one of our favourite topics: Introverts v Extroverts. We tackle some big ideas on All in the Mind — and so wanted to let you know there's a show that's taking on some of the big chunky topics and distilling them down into bite-sized pieces. Quick Smart is your weekly guide to all things health, psychology, personal finance, history, pop culture and more in just ten minutes! Check it out!
2/23/20241 minute
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Moog became a Youtube megastar — and it messed with his mental health

Parasocial relationships can be intense — and we all have them to some degree. Whether you're a Swiftie, a fan of the Matildas or just watch the local news every night.But what its like to be on the receiving end of millions of parasocial relationships?For Blair Joscelyne AKA Moog, one half of Mighty Car Mods, it took some unexpected steps to cope.If you're interested in what it's like to be famous, you'll love our episode The dark side of fame and what it does to the brain.
2/17/202429 minutes, 5 seconds
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When to trust your gut instinct, and when to ignore it

We all have moments in our lives when we feel an unconscious pull towards a certain decision.Should you walk down that dark alley? Does that person seem a bit off? Why is that giving me the heebie-jeebies?For Isla Lucas, a gut feeling while on holiday saved her life… Or did it?We take a look at the science and fantasy of intuition.If you liked this episode, you'll love our episode on The Pleasure Of Pain
2/10/202429 minutes, 8 seconds
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Nine big myths about depression — busted

Now that we're more comfortable talking about mental health, it's time to address some misconceptions.Is depression REALLY a chemical imbalance in the brain? What's the difference between being depressed and distressed? And are psychedelics the solution we've been waiting for?Today, Professor Ian Hickie breaks it all down and reveals the biggest myths about depression.
2/3/202430 minutes, 7 seconds
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Think like a winner: performance psychology and lessons for everyday life

What does it take to go from second place, to first? Good, to great?This episode was first broadcast in July 2023. It's part one of our two parter on performance psychology. Part two is called Visualisation and values — goal setting like a winner.
1/27/202429 minutes, 6 seconds
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Babies turn us into non-stop singing machines. Why?

A founding member of the band Gang of Youths. A single mum from Adelaide. A dad of two in Brisbane. What do all these people have in common?They all have young kids, and they all sing to them constantly!This week we ask: why do babies turn us into non-stop singing machines? Where does this instinct come from and what purpose does it serve?This episode was first broadcast in August 2023.
1/20/202434 minutes, 21 seconds
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The diagnosis that inspired an album

ARIA-nominated musician Parvyn knows what it's like to lose touch with reality.Delusions, mania, psychosis — she's experienced it all, often while on tour.Despite processing these experiences on her debut solo album 'Sa', she's never spoken publicly about her mental health — until now.This episode was first broadcast in March 2023.
1/13/202429 minutes, 6 seconds
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How The Man Cave talks to teens about toxic masculinity

As a teen, Hunter Johnson wanted to be the best at sport, the best at getting girls, and the best at getting attention. But one moment would change everything for him — forcing him to rethink his ideas about masculinity. Now, he's paying it forward.Last week, we explored why toxic masculinity is tricky to talk about. Today, we hear from someone having that conversation daily — shifting the focus from toxic behaviours and beliefs … to emotional intelligence.This episode was first broadcast in February 2023.
1/6/202429 minutes, 6 seconds
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A dad's attempt to understand toxic masculinity

Do you get defensive when you hear the term toxic masculinity?You wouldn't be the only one, if so.In this episode, we follow one dad's attempts to understand where internet algorithms are sending his son… and ask, how do we deal with toxic masculinity, when the very term has become contested?This episode was first broadcast in February 2023.
12/30/202329 minutes
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Gossip is fun! Gossip is bad! Gossip is… Good?

Sex, scandal, money and misdeeds. All elements of good gossip.So why do we love the gossip, but not the gossiper?And why are we invested in the secrets of celebrities, even though they're strangers?This episode was first broadcast in February 2023.
12/23/202329 minutes, 3 seconds
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Only as good as your grades – why 'toxic achievement culture' can crush kids

The best grades, the best schools, the best sports programs, the best universities – sure, it's great for students to strive for success. But when does the pressure to succeed become too much?American journalist Jennifer Wallace says 'toxic achievement culture' is harming the mental health of many students.Is this a uniquely American phenomenon?
12/16/202331 minutes, 37 seconds
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Hot and bothered

We all tend to get a bit cranky when the weather turns super hot, but did you know heatwaves can worsen certain mental health conditions?We explore the troubling ways heat can affects our mental health and behaviour.Just a heads up, this episode touches on the topic of suicide. Please take care.
12/9/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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The 5 things kids ask when they're grieving

Talking about death and grief is hard for anyone, let alone children.But children do experience grief and often have questions they want to ask.Today, how to talk to kids about death, loss and grief. 
12/2/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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How the drive to be perfect is linked to eating disorders

Aiming for perfect sounds like a good thing, right?But when perfectionism grows into hurtful self-criticism and unrelenting standards, it can be damaging for your mental health. And it turns out, perfectionism is linked to an already complex group of mental illnesses.Today, the role perfectionism plays in eating disorders.Please take care while listening if this topic is sensitive for you. And if you would like support, the Butterfly Foundation has a national support helpline for body image issues or eating disorders. You can reach them on 1800 33 4673 or head to their website. 
11/25/202329 minutes, 9 seconds
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Mental illness ran in Meg's family. Suicide forced them to talk about it.

Pulitzer prize finalist Meg Kissinger grew up in the 1960's and 70's, steeped in feelings of shame and guilt about the mental illness that plagued her family.Now a journalist covering mental health, she's made it her mission to share stories of lost loved ones and the systems that failed them.This episode explores the topic of suicide. Please take care while listening and don't hesitate to reach out for support if you need it. You can reach Lifeline on 13 11 14 or Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636.
11/18/202329 minutes, 36 seconds
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Is life coaching legit?

Social media abounds with mindset mentors, spiritual healers, influencers and more — many of who offer life coaching. Does anyone know what they're talking about?
11/11/202329 minutes, 27 seconds
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The decades long feud of mind vs brain in AI

To imagine the future of artificial intelligence, it's important to reflect on some of the big moments in it's past. This week, James Purtill from Science Friction brings us a story of competition, surprise and thinking machines. This is the only time you'll hear Science Friction in the All in the Mind feed. To hear the full six-part series on AI, Hello AI Overlords, search for Science Friction in your podcast feed.
11/4/202329 minutes, 5 seconds
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ADHD, TikTok, Rejection Sensitivity Dysphoria — meet Matilda's brain

TikTok is a mixed bag when it comes to mental health content. Great at raising awareness and building community, but not always accurate or evidence based. Journalist Matilda Boseley sees both sides – but she says TikTok was the push she needed to seek out a formal diagnosis.
10/28/202330 minutes, 28 seconds
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The confusion around concussions

Concussions are hard to diagnose, often get missed, and not always taken seriously. And if you're not a professional athlete, it can be surprisingly hard to get clear information on how to manage and recover afterwards. Why? The brain is your most important organ, after all! This week, we try and make sense of the confusion around concussions.
10/21/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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What psychosis feels like: The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness

Artist Matt Ottley has been experiencing hallucinations since he was a child.  Today, Matt takes us on a journey to understand what psychosis can feel like, through storytelling and musical composition. 
10/14/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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A kid can't be diagnosed as a psychopath. Why?

As a toddler, Nicole's son was extremely aggressive. As he got older, his behaviour worsened. In this episode from our archives, we examine 'callous unemotional traits' — the early warning signs of psychopathy that emerge in childhood. This episode was first broadcast in December 2022. 
10/7/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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Seeing red — anger and aggression

What happens when we let our most destructive emotion dominate? On All in the Mind this week, we explore why we get angry, how you might control aggression and whether it can ever be ... useful. This episode was first broadcast in February 2022. 
9/30/202329 minutes, 8 seconds
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Introversion vs Extroversion Part II: Genes, gender and leadership

In part two of our look at introversion and extroversion, we dive into the science and psychology of personality. How do we develop these traits? How much are our genes responsible?  The way brains of introverts and extroverts differ will probably surprise you. This episode was first broadcast in August 2022. 
9/23/202329 minutes, 12 seconds
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Introversion vs Extroversion

Jessica Pan was a life-long shy introvert and for the most part she was happy with this aspect of her personality – until the loneliness crept it. This week on All in the Mind, the first of two episodes exploring introversion and extroversion. The benefits and downsides of each, how these traits impact our mental health and whether we change, if we want to. This episode was first broadcast in August 2022.
9/16/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Its not just mums that get perinatal depression and anxiety

1 in 10 dads experience perinatal depression and anxiety, and more seem to be willing to reach out for help. Chris Jephcott wishes he'd been one of them. If this episode raises any issues for you, you can reach out to: Lifeline 13 11 14 Beyond Blue 1300 22 4636 PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia) 1300 726 306
9/9/202329 minutes, 46 seconds
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Nature prescriptions — just what the doctor ordered

Nature is good for our wellbeing. But how much green space does a community need, before you can see a wellbeing boost? And how do we encourage people to spend more time outdoors?
9/2/202333 minutes, 23 seconds
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Is Stockholm Syndrome a sexist myth?

A bank heist, a hostage drama and a dubious diagnosis. It's 50 years since the robbery that inspired the term 'Stockholm Syndrome', and today we explore the origins of the proposed condition  - and probe the many problems with that label. 
8/27/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hacking humans: social engineering and the power of influence

Chris Hadnagy’s job involves breaking into break into banks. But he’s not after money, gold or jewels. He’s searching for weaknesses – in systems, in security, and in people.  And he doesn’t use weapons or threats of violence to get past guards and into vaults. He uses a smile - and a few tricks from his toolbox of psychology and social engineering techniques. Chris is the founder and CEO of Social Engineer LLC and lectures about social engineering around the globe. On All in the Mind this week, the psychology of influence and what makes some people more vulnerable to being ‘hacked’ than others.  This episode was first broadcast in August 2021. 
8/19/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why do we sing to babies?

A founding member of the band Gang of Youths. A single mum from Adelaide. A dad of two in Brisbane. What do all these people have in common? They all have young kids, and they all sing to them constantly! As part of our exploration of sound and noise for Science Week, we ask: why do babies turn us into non-stop singing machines? Where does this instinct come from and what purpose does it serve? For more Science Week stories, head to abc.net.au/science
8/12/202334 minutes, 2 seconds
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Why do we sing to babies?

A founding member of the band Gang of Youths. A single mum from Adelaide. A dad of two in Brisbane. What do all these people have in common? They all have young kids, and they all sing to them constantly! As part of our exploration of sound and noise for Science Week, we ask: why do babies turn us into non-stop singing machines? Where does this instinct come from and what purpose does it serve? For more Science Week stories, head to abc.net.au/science
8/12/202334 minutes, 2 seconds
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The psychology of fashion — it's more than just clothes

Fashion can embody a lot: status, identity, belonging... A great outfit makes us feel confident, but the fashion industry can be harmful to our self esteem.  So what does fashion say about us? And why as humans do we even care about clothes?
8/5/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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The psychology of fashion — it's more than just clothes

Fashion can embody a lot: status, identity, belonging... A great outfit makes us feel confident, but the fashion industry can be harmful to our self esteem.  So what does fashion say about us? And why as humans do we even care about clothes?
8/5/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Murder, trauma and a different kind of grief — what true crime pods often overlook

For years, psychologist Patricia Harney avoided true crime podcasts and docos. They hit too close to home. Recently she's been testing the waters, and noticing these whodunnit shows often leave out a crucial element of the story.
7/29/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Murder, trauma and a different kind of grief — what true crime pods often overlook

For years, psychologist Patricia Harney avoided true crime podcasts and docos. They hit too close to home. Recently she's been testing the waters, and noticing these whodunnit shows often leave out a crucial element of the story.
7/29/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Toxic positivity — when happiness becomes harmful

We're urged to stay positive and keep up a cheerful disposition ... but sometimes things are just awful, aren’t they? On All in the Mind this week we look at why we engage in toxic positivity, why it's so damaging when we do and whether something called 'tragic optimism' could be the antidote. This episode was first broadcast in February 2022. 
7/22/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Toxic positivity — when happiness becomes harmful

We're urged to stay positive and keep up a cheerful disposition ... but sometimes things are just awful, aren’t they? On All in the Mind this week we look at why we engage in toxic positivity, why it's so damaging when we do and whether something called 'tragic optimism' could be the antidote. This episode was first broadcast in February 2022. 
7/22/202331 minutes, 21 seconds
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Visualisation and values — goal setting like a winner

In your mind's eye, can you see yourself achieving your dream goal? Can you imagine what it would feel like? Who you'd be talking to when you achieve it? Turns out the more you can imagine, the better your shot at achieving you goal. But that's not the whole story… This is part two of our two-parter on performance psychology.
7/15/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Visualisation and values — goal setting like a winner

In your mind's eye, can you see yourself achieving your dream goal? Can you imagine what it would feel like? Who you'd be talking to when you achieve it? Turns out the more you can imagine, the better your shot at achieving you goal. But that's not the whole story… This is part two of our two-parter on performance psychology.
7/15/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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A winning mindset — how top athletes think

What does it take to go from second place, to first? Good, to great? This is part one of our two parter on performance psychology.
7/8/202329 minutes, 37 seconds
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A winning mindset — how top athletes think

What does it take to go from second place, to first? Good, to great? This is part one of our two parter on performance psychology.
7/8/202329 minutes, 37 seconds
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Can you smell yourself happy?

What's your favourite smell? And why is it your favourite? Maybe it reminds you of a special moment, a particular place or a loved one. But can you use these scents to make yourself… Happier? And what happens if we lose our sense of smell altogether?
7/1/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Can you smell yourself happy?

What's your favourite smell? And why is it your favourite? Maybe it reminds you of a special moment, a particular place or a loved one. But can you use these scents to make yourself… Happier? And what happens if we lose our sense of smell altogether?
7/1/202329 minutes, 4 seconds
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Demystifying menopause

Whether you're 19 and never given it a thought, or 40 and starting to wonder, menopause is an unavoidable part of life for half the population. But many of us are shaky on the details of what to expect — apart from hot flashes/flushes, maybe. Former model Ali Daddo was one of those people: totally unprepared, and caught off guard when it hit. She's on a mission to make sure other women are more informed – and therefrom more empowered – than she was. Just a heads up, this episode touches on mental health struggles and suicide. Please take care while listening.
6/24/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Demystifying menopause

Whether you're 19 and never given it a thought, or 40 and starting to wonder, menopause is an unavoidable part of life for half the population. But many of us are shaky on the details of what to expect — apart from hot flashes/flushes, maybe. Former model Ali Daddo was one of those people: totally unprepared, and caught off guard when it hit. She's on a mission to make sure other women are more informed – and therefrom more empowered – than she was. Just a heads up, this episode touches on mental health struggles and suicide. Please take care while listening.
6/24/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Danger and thrills: inside the mind of a high sensation seeker

Sky diving. Racing cars. Abseiling. Jumping into an ice bath. Depending on who you are, those activities either delight or horrify you. High sensation seekers love the thrill, and that leads some to extreme sports, others to crime. Marley Duncan can tell you first hand: option one is way better. Just a note, this episode contains strong language and swear words.
6/17/202329 minutes
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Danger and thrills: inside the mind of a high sensation seeker

Sky diving. Racing cars. Abseiling. Jumping into an ice bath. Depending on who you are, those activities either delight or horrify you. High sensation seekers love the thrill, and that leads some to extreme sports, others to crime. Marley Duncan can tell you first hand: option one is way better. Just a note, this episode contains strong language and swear words.
6/17/202329 minutes
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The pleasure of pain

Spicy food, scary movies, BDSM … why do humans sometimes chase painful experiences and how are they linked to pleasure? This episode was first broadcast in March 2022.
6/10/202328 minutes, 59 seconds
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The pleasure of pain

Spicy food, scary movies, BDSM … why do humans sometimes chase painful experiences and how are they linked to pleasure? This episode was first broadcast in March 2022.
6/10/202328 minutes, 59 seconds
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'Like a bereavement every month' — the extreme emotions of PMDD

Laura would spend weeks feeling normal — even happy. But like clockwork, every month, suddenly she would feel intense depression, making her unrecognisable to herself and friends. It took her nearly two decades to identify what was causing this rollercoaster of mood: PMDD, AKA Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. So what is it about hormones that make some people feel such intense emotions? And why is PMDD still so misunderstood? This episode touches on the topic of suicide. Please take care while listening. 
6/3/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Like a bereavement every month' — the extreme emotions of PMDD

Laura would spend weeks feeling normal — even happy. But like clockwork, every month, suddenly she would feel intense depression, making her unrecognisable to herself and friends. It took her nearly two decades to identify what was causing this rollercoaster of mood: PMDD, AKA Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder. So what is it about hormones that make some people feel such intense emotions? And why is PMDD still so misunderstood? This episode touches on the topic of suicide. Please take care while listening. 
6/3/202329 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hook me baby one more time: the psychology of pop music

What's the most catchy song you can think of? Is there a moment that makes you suddenly pay attention, mesmerised by the melody or beat? You're probably reflecting on a song's hook. But why do hooks capture our minds and memories? A music psychologist and musicologist share their thoughts on the power of hooks. In this episode you'll hear Tim and Jadey cover pop songs which Sana credits at the end of the episode. To see the written credits, head to our website. 
5/27/202329 minutes, 5 seconds
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Hook me baby one more time: the psychology of pop music

What's the most catchy song you can think of? Is there a moment that makes you suddenly pay attention, mesmerised by the melody or beat? You're probably reflecting on a song's hook. But why do hooks capture our minds and memories? A music psychologist and musicologist share their thoughts on the power of hooks. In this episode you'll hear Tim and Jadey cover pop songs which Sana credits at the end of the episode. To see the written credits, head to our website. 
5/27/202329 minutes, 5 seconds
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What's been on Lynne Malcolm's mind (since leaving All in the Mind)

Lynne Malcom is used to being in the host's seat, but today, the tables are turned. She's back on All in the Mind to discuss her new book, appropriately titled All in the Mind. So what did she learn through 9 years of interviews? How did the show help her process her own mental health? Lynne reflects on her expansive career at the ABC and the personal connections she made along the way.
5/20/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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What's been on Lynne Malcolm's mind (since leaving All in the Mind)

Lynne Malcolm is used to being in the host's seat, but today, the tables are turned. She's back on All in the Mind to discuss her new book, appropriately titled All in the Mind. So what did she learn through 9 years of interviews? How did the show help her process her own mental health? Lynne reflects on her expansive career at the ABC and the personal connections she made along the way.
5/20/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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What's been on Lynne Malcolm's mind (since leaving All in the Mind)

Lynne Malcolm is used to being in the host's seat, but today, the tables are turned. She's back on All in the Mind to discuss her new book, appropriately titled All in the Mind. So what did she learn through 9 years of interviews? How did the show help her process her own mental health? Lynne reflects on her expansive career at the ABC and the personal connections she made along the way.
5/20/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Whispers, taps and tingles — what is ASMR?

This episode was first broadcast in September 2021. Have you heard of ASMR? Whispery, clicky, crinkly videos are massive on YouTube - racking up millions of views. The idea is that these sounds elicit a certain tingly, calming sensation in some people. So what is ASMR and what does the science tell us about it? Is it real … or pseudoscience? And why do some people get the opposite reaction – irritation rather than these pleasant tingles?
5/13/202329 minutes, 8 seconds
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Whispers, taps and tingles — what is ASMR?

This episode was first broadcast in September 2021. Have you heard of ASMR? Whispery, clicky, crinkly videos are massive on YouTube - racking up millions of views. The idea is that these sounds elicit a certain tingly, calming sensation in some people. So what is ASMR and what does the science tell us about it? Is it real … or pseudoscience? And why do some people get the opposite reaction – irritation rather than these pleasant tingles?
5/13/202329 minutes, 8 seconds
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What's the deal with EMDR?

This episode deals with descriptions of abuse. Please take care while listening. Michael Baldwin cycled through seven therapists over 22 years. No one could help him overcome the trauma of his childhood — until he tried EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy). But why would eye movements help a person process their trauma? It sounds fantastical. Is it?
5/6/202330 minutes, 40 seconds
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What's the deal with EMDR?

This episode deals with descriptions of abuse. Please take care while listening. Michael Baldwin cycled through seven therapists over 22 years. No one could help him overcome the trauma of his childhood — until he tried EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy). But why would eye movements help a person process their trauma? It sounds fantastical. Is it?
5/6/202330 minutes, 40 seconds
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The human drive to connect – and divide

It's human nature to form groups — families, friends, online communities. We love to be surrounded by people similar to us. But that can also make us discriminatory and defensive. And social media makes that instinct worse. In this episode, we look at how our brains evolved to connect and divide, and what that means for the problems we face in our modern world.
4/29/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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The human drive to connect – and divide

It's human nature to form groups — families, friends, online communities. We love to be surrounded by people similar to us. But that can also make us discriminatory and defensive. And social media makes that instinct worse. In this episode, we look at how our brains evolved to connect and divide, and what that means for the problems we face in our modern world.
4/29/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Fantasy and make believe — how our brains interpret fiction

A magical kingdom with ogres and fairies. A post-apocalyptic world ruled by machines. An underwater monster that resembles a dragon. These fictional worlds might only be described by words, but the images they create in our minds feel so real. Why are our brains so good at creating imaginary images? Producer Rose Kerr explores how an author's words translate into the mind's of readers.
4/23/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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Fantasy and make believe — how our brains interpret fiction

A magical kingdom with ogres and fairies. A post-apocalyptic world ruled by machines. An underwater monster that resembles a dragon. These fictional worlds might only be described by words, but the images they create in our minds feel so real. Why are our brains so good at creating imaginary images? Producer Rose Kerr explores how an author's words translate into the mind's of readers.
4/22/202329 minutes, 10 seconds
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The one thing we've never spoken about

Journalist Elfy Scott grew up in a loving and tight knit family, but there was one topic they never spoke about, for a long time: her mother's schizophrenia. Now, Elfy is sharing her family's story, and interrogating why stigma so often silences conversations about complex mental health disorders.
4/15/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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The one thing we've never spoken about

Journalist Elfy Scott grew up in a loving and tight knit family, but there was one topic they never spoke about, for a long time: her mother's schizophrenia. Now, Elfy is sharing her family's story, and interrogating why stigma so often silences conversations about complex mental health disorders.
4/15/202329 minutes, 11 seconds
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Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

This episode was first broadcast in June 2021.  Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally.
4/8/202329 minutes, 9 seconds
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Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

This episode was first broadcast in June 2021.  Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally.
4/8/202329 minutes, 9 seconds
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Scam psychology – how scammers get in our heads (and wallets)

A lot of us would like to think we could spot a scam a mile away. Spelling errors, suspicious email addresses and requests for money… all tip offs that something isn't right. But none of us are immune to scammers' psychological tricks – not even psychologists. In this episode, forensic neuropsychologist Dr Stacey Wood reveals the tricks and techniques scammers use, and what makes us most vulnerable to their tactics.
4/1/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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Scam psychology – how scammers get in our heads (and wallets)

A lot of us would like to think we could spot a scam a mile away. Spelling errors, suspicious email addresses and requests for money… all tip offs that something isn't right. But none of us are immune to scammers' psychological tricks – not even psychologists. In this episode, forensic neuropsychologist Dr Stacey Wood reveals the tricks and techniques scammers use, and what makes us most vulnerable to their tactics.
4/1/202329 minutes, 7 seconds
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The battle for better sleep

Do you wake up each morning refreshed and well slept? Or are you the kind of person who tosses and turns for ages before falling asleep, ruminating on all of your missteps and stresses from the day? If you chose option two, this episode is for you. We get advice on making nighttime more restful — beyond the standard 'don't look at your phone before bed.' (Though that's important too).
3/25/202330 minutes
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The battle for better sleep

Do you wake up each morning refreshed and well slept? Or are you the kind of person who tosses and turns for ages before falling asleep, ruminating on all of your missteps and stresses from the day? If you chose option two, this episode is for you. We get advice on making nighttime more restful — beyond the standard 'don't look at your phone before bed.' (Though that's important too).
3/25/202330 minutes
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Cognitive dissonance and mental gymnastics

Doing something that goes against your beliefs feels pretty bad, right? But what if those beliefs are stopping you from doing something good for you? Producer Rose Kerr investigates the role cognitive dissonance plays in our lives: how it can lead to some creative mental gymnastics, and when it can be harnessed for good.
3/18/202330 minutes
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Cognitive dissonance and mental gymnastics

Doing something that goes against your beliefs feels pretty bad, right? But what if those beliefs are stopping you from doing something good for you? Producer Rose Kerr investigates the role cognitive dissonance plays in our lives: how it can lead to some creative mental gymnastics, and when it can be harnessed for good.
3/18/202330 minutes
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A musician processes her bipolar diagnosis

ARIA-nominated musician Parvyn knows what it's like to lose touch with reality. Delusions, mania, psychosis — she's experienced it all, often while on tour. Despite processing these experiences on her debut solo album 'Sa', she's never spoken publicly about her mental health — until now.
3/11/202330 minutes
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A musician processes her bipolar diagnosis

ARIA-nominated musician Parvyn knows what it's like to lose touch with reality. Delusions, mania, psychosis — she's experienced it all, often while on tour. Despite processing these experiences on her debut solo album 'Sa', she's never spoken publicly about her mental health — until now.
3/11/202330 minutes
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Controlling the chatter in your head

This episode was first broadcast in February 2022.  Most of us have an inner voice – it reminds you to pick up milk on your way home, helps problem solve, or rehearse what you’re going to say. But there are times that helpful voice veers into harmful chatter.
3/4/202330 minutes
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Controlling the chatter in your head

This episode was first broadcast in February 2022.  Most of us have an inner voice – it reminds you to pick up milk on your way home, helps problem solve, or rehearse what you’re going to say. But there are times that helpful voice veers into harmful chatter.
3/4/202330 minutes
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Teen boys, modern masculinity and The Man Cave

As a teen, Hunter Johnson wanted to be the best at sport, the best at getting girls, and the best at getting attention. But one moment would change everything for him — forcing him to rethink his ideas about masculinity. Now, he's paying it forward. Last week, we explored why toxic masculinity is tricky to talk about. Today, we hear from someone having that conversation daily — shifting the focus from toxic behaviours and beliefs … to emotional intelligence.
2/25/202330 minutes
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Teen boys, modern masculinity and The Man Cave

As a teen, Hunter Johnson wanted to be the best at sport, the best at getting girls, and the best at getting attention. But one moment would change everything for him — forcing him to rethink his ideas about masculinity. Now, he's paying it forward. Last week, we explored why toxic masculinity is tricky to talk about. Today, we hear from someone having that conversation daily — shifting the focus from toxic behaviours and beliefs … to emotional intelligence.
2/25/202330 minutes
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Why talking about toxic masculinity is getting trickier

Do you get defensive when you hear the term toxic masculinity? You wouldn't be the only one, if so. In this episode, we follow one dad's attempts to understand where internet algorithms are sending his son… and ask, how do we deal with toxic masculinity, when the very term has become contested?
2/19/202330 minutes
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Why talking about toxic masculinity is getting trickier

Do you get defensive when you hear the term toxic masculinity? You wouldn't be the only one, if so. In this episode, we follow one dad's attempts to understand where internet algorithms are sending his son… and ask, how do we deal with toxic masculinity, when the very term has become contested?
2/19/202330 minutes
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Your body, your brain, your self

From phantom limbs to Alice in Wonderland syndrome — why does the brain sometimes mess up its awareness and understanding of the body it belongs to? Neuroscientist and author of Body Am I, Moheb Costandi explains.
2/10/202330 minutes
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Your body, your brain, your self

From phantom limbs to Alice in Wonderland syndrome — why does the brain sometimes mess up its awareness and understanding of the body it belongs to? Neuroscientist and author of Body Am I, Moheb Costandi explains.
2/10/202330 minutes
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The Paradoxes of Gossip

Sex, scandal, money and misdeeds. All elements of good gossip. So why do we love the gossip, but not the gossiper? And why are we invested in the secrets of celebrities, even though they're strangers?
2/3/202330 minutes
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The Paradoxes of Gossip

Sex, scandal, money and misdeeds. All elements of good gossip. So why do we love the gossip, but not the gossiper? And why are we invested in the secrets of celebrities, even though they're strangers?
2/3/202330 minutes
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The History of Brainwashing

Where do you draw the line between brainwashing… and influence? Thought control… and mere suggestion? From the Korean War, to The Beatles, to current day, we trace the sometimes scary/sometimes weird history of brainwashing.
1/27/202330 minutes
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The History of Brainwashing

Where do you draw the line between brainwashing… and influence? Thought control… and mere suggestion? From the Korean War, to The Beatles, to current day, we trace the sometimes scary/sometimes weird history of brainwashing.
1/27/202330 minutes
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The Art of Negotiation: mind games and emotional intelligence

This episode was first broadcast in September 2022.  You might not think of yourself as a negotiator but big or small we all negotiate daily. Getting better at it could make your life easier. So what's the most effective way to negotiate? Is playing hardball ever a useful strategy? And what do you do when you're at a power disadvantage?
1/22/202330 minutes
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The Art of Negotiation: mind games and emotional intelligence

This episode was first broadcast in September 2022.  You might not think of yourself as a negotiator but big or small we all negotiate daily. Getting better at it could make your life easier. So what's the most effective way to negotiate? Is playing hardball ever a useful strategy? And what do you do when you're at a power disadvantage?
1/22/202330 minutes
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'Refrigerator mothers' and the history of autism

This episode was first broadcast in May 2022.  On All in the Mind this week, the early history of autism. With historian of science Professor Marga Vicedo we learn about the blame that was cast on mothers, the fight to get adequate help and support for families, and the movement that one mother, Clara Park, helped spark.
1/15/202330 minutes
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'Refrigerator mothers' and the history of autism

This episode was first broadcast in May 2022.  On All in the Mind this week, the early history of autism. With historian of science Professor Marga Vicedo we learn about the blame that was cast on mothers, the fight to get adequate help and support for families, and the movement that one mother, Clara Park, helped spark.
1/15/202330 minutes
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Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

This episode was first broadcast in March 2022.  Why do we laugh, and what makes something funny? A psychologist, a neuroscientist and satirist Mark Humphries weigh in on humour and the brain.
1/8/202330 minutes
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Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

This episode was first broadcast in March 2022.  Why do we laugh, and what makes something funny? A psychologist, a neuroscientist and satirist Mark Humphries weigh in on humour and the brain.
1/8/202330 minutes
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The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

Over summer, we're sharing some of our favourite episodes of the year. This one was first broadcast in April 2022.  Anxiety and alcohol misuse are a common pairing. How do the two egg each other on and what can be done to halt the cycle? Plus, the personality traits that shape our likelihood of harmful alcohol use.
1/1/202330 minutes
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The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

Over summer, we're sharing some of our favourite episodes of the year. This one was first broadcast in April 2022.  Anxiety and alcohol misuse are a common pairing. How do the two egg each other on and what can be done to halt the cycle? Plus, the personality traits that shape our likelihood of harmful alcohol use.
1/1/202330 minutes
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What happens when our minds wander?

This summer, we're sharing some of our favourite episodes of the year. This episode was first broadcast in April.  What are the constructive things our minds do when they wander? And when does mindwandering cross over … into not-so-constructive territory? Guests: Professor Moshe Bar Cognitive Neuroscientist, Bar-Ilan University; Author, Mindwandering: How It Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity Producer: James Bullen Sound Engineer: Roi Huberman
12/25/202230 minutes
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What happens when our minds wander?

This summer, we're sharing some of our favourite episodes of the year. This episode was first broadcast in April.  What are the constructive things our minds do when they wander? And when does mindwandering cross over … into not-so-constructive territory? Guests: Professor Moshe Bar Cognitive Neuroscientist, Bar-Ilan University; Author, Mindwandering: How It Can Improve Your Mood and Boost Your Creativity Producer: James Bullen Sound Engineer: Roi Huberman
12/25/202230 minutes
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A kid can't be diagnosed as a psychopath. Why?

As a toddler, Nicole's son was extremely aggressive. As he got older, his behaviour worsened. In our final episode of the year, we examine 'callous unemotional traits' — the early warning signs of psychopathy that emerge in childhood.
12/16/202230 minutes
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A kid can't be diagnosed as a psychopath. Why?

As a toddler, Nicole's son was extremely aggressive. As he got older, his behaviour worsened. In our final episode of the year, we examine 'callous unemotional traits' — the early warning signs of psychopathy that emerge in childhood.
12/16/202230 minutes
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The toxic effects of rudeness

This episode was first broadcast in November 2021.  Are your colleagues rude? Do people regularly ignore each other or dismiss opinions in meetings? Ever gotten an all caps email? On All in the Mind this week, we examine the toxic effects of rude behaviour. And are we getting more rude as a society?
12/9/202230 minutes
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The toxic effects of rudeness

This episode was first broadcast in November 2021.  Are your colleagues rude? Do people regularly ignore each other or dismiss opinions in meetings? Ever gotten an all caps email? On All in the Mind this week, we examine the toxic effects of rude behaviour. And are we getting more rude as a society?
12/9/202230 minutes
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#TraumaTok: How trauma took over the internet

If you open any social media app, you're likely to eventually come across videos of people discussing trauma.  The hashtag TraumaTok has billions of views...   So how did trauma take over the internet? And what effect is it having on our mental health? Technology Reporter Ariel Bogle investigates. 
12/2/202230 minutes
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#TraumaTok: How trauma took over the internet

If you open any social media app, you're likely to eventually come across videos of people discussing trauma.  The hashtag TraumaTok has billions of views...   So how did trauma take over the internet? And what effect is it having on our mental health? Technology Reporter Ariel Bogle investigates. 
12/2/202230 minutes
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Treating IBS with... Hypnotherapy?

When you get nervous, can you feel it in your stomach?  The gut-brain connection is something many of us have experienced but probably not given much thought to.  Research into this connection has led to the rise of a seemingly unexpected treatment for IBS: hypnotherapy.  Producer Danni Stewart investigates how Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be treated. 
11/25/202230 minutes
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Treating IBS with... Hypnotherapy?

When you get nervous, can you feel it in your stomach?  The gut-brain connection is something many of us have experienced but probably not given much thought to.  Research into this connection has led to the rise of a seemingly unexpected treatment for IBS: hypnotherapy.  Producer Danni Stewart investigates how Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be treated. 
11/25/202230 minutes
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The Certainty Myth

If the only certainty is uncertainty, how do we manage our anxieties about the unknown? Today we explore why the mind struggles with uncertainty and what we can do to manage it. 
11/17/20220
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The Certainty Myth

If the only certainty is uncertainty, how do we manage our anxieties about the unknown? Today we explore why the mind struggles with uncertainty and what we can do to manage it. 
11/17/20220
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Trauma, OCD and a PhD

Before she was Dr Alix Woolard, Alix was a teenager grappling with a traumatic event in her family. It would affect her mental health dramatically, leaving her unsure of her path ahead. Now, Dr Alix Woolard researches childhood trauma and it's lifelong impacts. This episode deals with mental health and discusses suicide. Please listen with care. 
11/12/202230 minutes
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Trauma, OCD and a PhD

Before she was Dr Alix Woolard, Alix was a teenager grappling with a traumatic event in her family. It would affect her mental health dramatically, leaving her unsure of her path ahead. Now, Dr Alix Woolard researches childhood trauma and it's lifelong impacts. This episode deals with mental health and discusses suicide. Please listen with care. 
11/12/202230 minutes
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The dark side of fame and what it does to the brain

Have you ever thought, I wonder what it's like being famous? Maybe it's something you've always dreamed of, or maybe it's your worst nightmare. Being famous is something many people aspire to, but the reality can be isolating. This week, producer Jennifer Leake looks at what fame does to a person's psychology.
11/5/202230 minutes
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The dark side of fame and what it does to the brain

Have you ever thought, I wonder what it's like being famous? Maybe it's something you've always dreamed of, or maybe it's your worst nightmare. Being famous is something many people aspire to, but the reality can be isolating. This week, producer Jennifer Leake looks at what fame does to a person's psychology.
11/5/202230 minutes
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Milgram Shock and Stanford Prison — what we misunderstand about the most infamous experiments in psychology

What makes people do evil things? Psychologist Stanley Milgram wanted to understand if people could be led to do awful things, just by being told to do them. The experiment he would devise to test this would become one of the most infamous examples of unethical studies in the field of psychology: The Milgram Shock Experiment. But Professor Alex Haslam says that's not the full picture… And the findings are misunderstood.
10/29/202230 minutes
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Milgram Shock and Stanford Prison — what we misunderstand about the most infamous experiments in psychology

What makes people do evil things? Psychologist Stanley Milgram wanted to understand if people could be led to do awful things, just by being told to do them. The experiment he would devise to test this would become one of the most infamous examples of unethical studies in the field of psychology: The Milgram Shock Experiment. But Professor Alex Haslam says that's not the full picture… And the findings are misunderstood.
10/29/202230 minutes
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Childhood attachment, animal rights and the 'pit of despair': Harry Harlow's unethical experiments

10/22/202230 minutes
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Childhood attachment, animal rights and the 'pit of despair': Harry Harlow's unethical experiments

10/22/202230 minutes
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Why being a beginner is good for you

Learning chess with his young daughter kickstarted a life-long journey of learning for Tom Vanderbilt. Here's what he discovered about being an adult beginner, its benefits, and how kids and adults learn differently.
10/15/202230 minutes
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Why being a beginner is good for you

Learning chess with his young daughter kickstarted a life-long journey of learning for Tom Vanderbilt. Here's what he discovered about being an adult beginner, its benefits, and how kids and adults learn differently.
10/15/202230 minutes
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Unethical experiments: the Monster Study

With relatively benign intentions, Wendell Johnson devised an experiment that would go on to be dubbed the Monster Study, inflicting terrible harm on a group of vulnerable and unsuspecting children.
10/8/202230 minutes
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Unethical experiments: the Monster Study

With relatively benign intentions, Wendell Johnson devised an experiment that would go on to be dubbed the Monster Study, inflicting terrible harm on a group of vulnerable and unsuspecting children.
10/8/202230 minutes
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The psychological tricks that make cults so dangerous

Popular culture is endlessly fascinated with cults, and they have to capacity to make ordinary people do unthinkable things. So how do cults reel people in and what does it take to leave?
10/2/20220
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The psychological tricks that make cults so dangerous

Popular culture is endlessly fascinated with cults, and they have to capacity to make ordinary people do unthinkable things. So how do cults reel people in and what does it take to leave?
10/2/20220
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Language and loss

What goes on in the multilingual mind? And what does it mean to 'lose' your language?
9/24/202230 minutes
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Language and loss

What goes on in the multilingual mind? And what does it mean to 'lose' your language?
9/24/202230 minutes
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The Art of Negotiation: mind games and emotional intelligence

You might not think of yourself as a negotiator but big or small we all negotiate daily and getting better at it could make your life easier.
9/17/202230 minutes
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The Art of Negotiation: mind games and emotional intelligence

You might not think of yourself as a negotiator but big or small we all negotiate daily and getting better at it could make your life easier.
9/17/202230 minutes
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Pleasure, pain, dopamine and the brain

Addiction has long been a problem for humans, but smart phones and the internet have changed the game. So how can we find balance in a dopamine overloaded world? 
9/10/202230 minutes
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Pleasure, pain, dopamine and the brain

Addiction has long been a problem for humans, but smart phones and the internet have changed the game. So how can we find balance in a dopamine overloaded world? 
9/10/202230 minutes
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Busting bias: what works and what doesn't

You've probably heard of unconscious bias but how are they formed and what can we do to stop the damage they can cause?
9/3/202230 minutes
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Busting bias: what works and what doesn't

You've probably heard of unconscious bias but how are they formed and what can we do to stop the damage they can cause?
9/3/202230 minutes
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Introversion vs Extroversion Part II: Genes, gender and leadership

What does neuroscience and psychology tell us about how these traits are developed?
8/28/202230 minutes
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Introversion vs Extroversion Part II: Genes, gender and leadership

What does neuroscience and psychology tell us about how these traits are developed?
8/28/202230 minutes
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Introversion vs Extroversion

Are you outgoing or shy? there are pros and cons of each but is it possible to switch sides?
8/20/202230 minutes
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Introversion vs Extroversion

Are you outgoing or shy? there are pros and cons of each but is it possible to switch sides?
8/20/202230 minutes
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Can we 'unlearn' chronic pain?

Few sensations are as primal, as fundamental to our very survival, as pain. But for a fifth of Australian adults, that useful protective mechanism lingers as chronic pain — persistent aching, searing, stabbing sensations, which can be incredibly stressful and debilitating.  What if you could dial down that pain — or even extinguish it altogether — by retraining your brain?
8/13/202230 minutes
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Can we 'unlearn' chronic pain?

Few sensations are as primal, as fundamental to our very survival, as pain. But for a fifth of Australian adults, that useful protective mechanism lingers as chronic pain — persistent aching, searing, stabbing sensations, which can be incredibly stressful and debilitating.  What if you could dial down that pain — or even extinguish it altogether — by retraining your brain?
8/13/202230 minutes
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The making of a magnificent memory

Anastasia Woolmer explains the techniques memory athletes use, and how you can apply them to everyday life.
8/6/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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The making of a magnificent memory

Anastasia Woolmer explains the techniques memory athletes use, and how you can apply them to everyday life.
8/6/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Misadventures in multitasking

How many times in a day are you doing just one thing? Or is it more common that you’re multitasking – maybe texting and walking? Reading while listening to music? We all multitask to some degree, but do any of us do it well? And is that even possible? This week on All in the Mind, we look into the science of multitasking – why we struggle to do it, why some of us are better at it than others – and how to do it effectively if you must. First broadcast 19 December 2021.
7/30/202229 minutes, 11 seconds
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Misadventures in multitasking

How many times in a day are you doing just one thing? Or is it more common that you’re multitasking – maybe texting and walking? Reading while listening to music? We all multitask to some degree, but do any of us do it well? And is that even possible? This week on All in the Mind, we look into the science of multitasking – why we struggle to do it, why some of us are better at it than others – and how to do it effectively if you must. First broadcast 19 December 2021.
7/30/202229 minutes, 11 seconds
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Neuromarketing — how brands target your brain

Would you be able to tell the difference between a bargain bin red and a top drop? Or how about what separates a duck paté … from one made of dog food? Perception is everything when it comes to marketing, and decades of neuroscience and psychology research have given businesses ever greater insights into how we can make decisions and how they can subtly shape our expectations so that yes – even dog food paté can become appealing. But the ramifications of this power may be pushing companies into unethical territory. First broadcast on 22 August 2021.
7/23/202229 minutes, 12 seconds
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Neuromarketing — how brands target your brain

Would you be able to tell the difference between a bargain bin red and a top drop? Or how about what separates a duck paté … from one made of dog food? Perception is everything when it comes to marketing, and decades of neuroscience and psychology research have given businesses ever greater insights into how we can make decisions and how they can subtly shape our expectations so that yes – even dog food paté can become appealing. But the ramifications of this power may be pushing companies into unethical territory. First broadcast on 22 August 2021.
7/23/202229 minutes, 12 seconds
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The 'hidden histories' of autistic adults

Over the past two decades, our cultural understanding of autism and what it means to be autistic has grown - though we have a long way to go. But there are entire generations of people who grew up when the popular conception of autism was a far cry from how it’s now understood. It meant a whole host of people who grew up feeling like they didn’t fit in, but never quite knowing why. They were autistic, but undiagnosed. And when a diagnosis did come as an adult – it was often revelatory and life-changing. On All in the Mind this week, 'hidden histories’ of late-diagnosed autistic adults. First broadcast 8 August 2021.
7/16/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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The 'hidden histories' of autistic adults

Over the past two decades, our cultural understanding of autism and what it means to be autistic has grown - though we have a long way to go. But there are entire generations of people who grew up when the popular conception of autism was a far cry from how it’s now understood. It meant a whole host of people who grew up feeling like they didn’t fit in, but never quite knowing why. They were autistic, but undiagnosed. And when a diagnosis did come as an adult – it was often revelatory and life-changing. On All in the Mind this week, 'hidden histories’ of late-diagnosed autistic adults. First broadcast 8 August 2021.
7/16/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Taking back control of your time

Our brains are easily distracted or overwhelmed. And that can make getting stuff done harder than it needs to be. This week, we look at methods and strategies for avoiding unnecessary stress by managing your priorities, your focus, and your energy with organisational psychologist Dr Amantha Imber.
7/9/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Taking back control of your time

Our brains are easily distracted or overwhelmed. And that can make getting stuff done harder than it needs to be. This week, we look at methods and strategies for avoiding unnecessary stress by managing your priorities, your focus, and your energy with organisational psychologist Dr Amantha Imber.
7/9/202229 minutes, 30 seconds
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Not broken, just wired differently: ADHD in adulthood

Imagine getting a diagnosis in adulthood that suddenly made so much of your life make sense. It explains why you’ve always had trouble being on time, starting things you don’t finish, avoiding difficult projects. Producer Jennifer Leake explores the impact of an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood.
7/2/202229 minutes, 5 seconds
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Not broken, just wired differently: ADHD in adulthood

Imagine getting a diagnosis in adulthood that suddenly made so much of your life make sense. It explains why you’ve always had trouble being on time, starting things you don’t finish, avoiding difficult projects. Producer Jennifer Leake explores the impact of an ADHD diagnosis in adulthood.
7/2/202229 minutes, 5 seconds
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The secret life of secrets

Michael Slepian researches the psychology of secrets. But what he didn't know — until about a decade ago — was that his family had a major secret they were keeping from him. One they planned never to reveal. Until …
6/25/202229 minutes, 2 seconds
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The secret life of secrets

Michael Slepian researches the psychology of secrets. But what he didn't know — until about a decade ago — was that his family had a major secret they were keeping from him. One they planned never to reveal. Until …
6/25/202229 minutes, 2 seconds
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Does guilt have a silver lining?

Guilt and shame are often used interchangeably, but researchers in emotion and psychology say they are distinct – and often motivate people into very different paths of behaviour. For the feeling of guilt, at least, that might even push you into making unexpected positive changes.
6/18/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Does guilt have a silver lining?

Guilt and shame are often used interchangeably, but researchers in emotion and psychology say they are distinct – and often motivate people into very different paths of behaviour. For the feeling of guilt, at least, that might even push you into making unexpected positive changes.
6/18/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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How we make up our minds: Sydney Writers' Festival

In the uncertain times we live in, how exactly are we meant to make up our minds? How do we weigh up pros, cons and risk factors, and how do stress and fear bear on our capacity for critical thinking? And how often are we even aware of the decisions we’re making? On All in the Mind this week, a special panel discussion recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
6/11/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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How we make up our minds: Sydney Writers' Festival

In the uncertain times we live in, how exactly are we meant to make up our minds? How do we weigh up pros, cons and risk factors, and how do stress and fear bear on our capacity for critical thinking? And how often are we even aware of the decisions we’re making? On All in the Mind this week, a special panel discussion recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.
6/11/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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You've got the music in you

Music is central to the human experience. We celebrate with it, commiserate through it - often some of our strongest memories are tied to it. On All in the Mind this week, how music affects us from the womb through the rest of our lives - and what new research tells us about its measurable impact on our mental health. Plus, the 'plink' test - how our musical memories can identify a track from just a sliver of song, and the power of music to shape our emotions.
6/4/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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You've got the music in you

Music is central to the human experience. We celebrate with it, commiserate through it - often some of our strongest memories are tied to it. On All in the Mind this week, how music affects us from the womb through the rest of our lives - and what new research tells us about its measurable impact on our mental health. Plus, the 'plink' test - how our musical memories can identify a track from just a sliver of song, and the power of music to shape our emotions.
6/4/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Refrigerator mothers' and the history of autism

On All in the Mind this week, the early history of autism. With historian of science Professor Marga Vicedo we learn about the blame that was cast on mothers, the fight to get adequate help and support for families, and the movement that one mother, Clara Park, helped spark.
5/28/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Refrigerator mothers' and the history of autism

On All in the Mind this week, the early history of autism. With historian of science Professor Marga Vicedo we learn about the blame that was cast on mothers, the fight to get adequate help and support for families, and the movement that one mother, Clara Park, helped spark.
5/28/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Can you change your personality?

Have you ever wanted to change your personality? Many people do - studies find we're keen to become more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious. But what does the evidence say about whether people do change? And can you tweak your personality deliberately?
5/21/202229 minutes, 3 seconds
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Can you change your personality?

Have you ever wanted to change your personality? Many people do - studies find we're keen to become more extroverted, more agreeable and more conscientious. But what does the evidence say about whether people do change? And can you tweak your personality deliberately?
5/21/202229 minutes, 3 seconds
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Natural disasters: how floods and fires shape the psyche

Two disasters, two years apart - the ongoing mental health impact on survivors and what the research can tell us about the different ways people respond to these life-changing events.
5/14/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Natural disasters: how floods and fires shape the psyche

Two disasters, two years apart - the ongoing mental health impact on survivors and what the research can tell us about the different ways people respond to these life-changing events.
5/14/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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The psychology of charitable giving

The quirks of psychology that influence when we give to charity … and when we don't.
5/7/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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The psychology of charitable giving

The quirks of psychology that influence when we give to charity … and when we don't.
5/7/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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'I'm going to cook my baby'

Dolls can tell us a lot about how kids see the world – especially when it comes to race. One American researcher spent months watching pre-schoolers play with dolls and what she observed shocked her. Plus, did you know the very first study of children and their thoughts about dolls actually changed the course of American history? First broadcast 4 April 2021.
4/30/202229 minutes, 21 seconds
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'I'm going to cook my baby'

Dolls can tell us a lot about how kids see the world – especially when it comes to race. One American researcher spent months watching pre-schoolers play with dolls and what she observed shocked her. Plus, did you know the very first study of children and their thoughts about dolls actually changed the course of American history? First broadcast 4 April 2021.
4/30/202229 minutes, 21 seconds
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The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

Anxiety and alcohol misuse are a common pairing. How do the two egg each other on and what can be done to halt the cycle? Plus, the personality traits that shape our likelihood of harmful alcohol use.
4/23/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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The vicious cycle of alcohol and anxiety

Anxiety and alcohol misuse are a common pairing. How do the two egg each other on and what can be done to halt the cycle? Plus, the personality traits that shape our likelihood of harmful alcohol use.
4/23/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Grief and the pandemic

Grief is deeply painful but it's something the majority of us …eventually … find ways to live with. But research is starting to emerge on how the pandemic may have changed the way we grieve - making the experience more intense, more debilitating.  As places like Australia and the US move on from the harshest restrictions of the last two years… is how we grieve returning to baseline? Or is it still too early to know? On All in the Mind this week, how the COVID pandemic has changed the nature of grief. 
4/16/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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Grief and the pandemic

Grief is deeply painful but it's something the majority of us …eventually … find ways to live with. But research is starting to emerge on how the pandemic may have changed the way we grieve - making the experience more intense, more debilitating.  As places like Australia and the US move on from the harshest restrictions of the last two years… is how we grieve returning to baseline? Or is it still too early to know? On All in the Mind this week, how the COVID pandemic has changed the nature of grief. 
4/16/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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Co-morbidity: why one mental illness can lead to more

About one in five Australians experience a mental illness in any given year. But what about when mental health issues occur ... together? On All in the Mind this week, we look at a massive Scandinavian epidemiological study series which considers why having one mental illness puts you at greater risk of developing subsequent ones, and explore what that might mean for the treatment and prevention of mental health issues.
4/9/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Co-morbidity: why one mental illness can lead to more

About one in five Australians experience a mental illness in any given year. But what about when mental health issues occur ... together? On All in the Mind this week, we look at a massive Scandinavian epidemiological study series which considers why having one mental illness puts you at greater risk of developing subsequent ones, and explore what that might mean for the treatment and prevention of mental health issues.
4/9/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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What happens when our minds wander?

What are the constructive things our minds do when they wander? And when does mindwandering cross over … into not-so-constructive territory?
4/2/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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What happens when our minds wander?

What are the constructive things our minds do when they wander? And when does mindwandering cross over … into not-so-constructive territory?
4/2/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why heartbreak hurts so bad

If you’re lucky enough to have fallen in love at some point in your life, you’ve  probably also had your heart broken. The experience can be excruciating, protracted, disorienting … but can it cause you lasting psychological – even physical – harm? 
3/26/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Why heartbreak hurts so bad

If you’re lucky enough to have fallen in love at some point in your life, you’ve  probably also had your heart broken. The experience can be excruciating, protracted, disorienting … but can it cause you lasting psychological – even physical – harm? 
3/26/202229 minutes, 44 seconds
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Hacking humans: social engineering and the power of influence

Chris Hadnagy’s job involves breaking into banks. But he’s not after money, gold or jewels. He’s searching for weaknesses – in systems, in security, and in people.  And he doesn’t use weapons or threats of violence to get past guards and into vaults. He uses a smile - and a few tricks from his toolbox of psychology and social engineering techniques. Chris is the founder and CEO of Social Engineer LLC and lectures about social engineering around the globe. On All in the Mind this week, the psychology of influence and what makes some people more vulnerable to being ‘hacked’ than others. [This episode originally aired on 01 August 2021]
3/20/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Hacking humans: social engineering and the power of influence

Chris Hadnagy’s job involves breaking into banks. But he’s not after money, gold or jewels. He’s searching for weaknesses – in systems, in security, and in people.  And he doesn’t use weapons or threats of violence to get past guards and into vaults. He uses a smile - and a few tricks from his toolbox of psychology and social engineering techniques. Chris is the founder and CEO of Social Engineer LLC and lectures about social engineering around the globe. On All in the Mind this week, the psychology of influence and what makes some people more vulnerable to being ‘hacked’ than others. [This episode originally aired on 01 August 2021]
3/20/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

Why do we laugh, and what makes something funny? A psychologist, a neuroscientist and satirist Mark Humphries weigh in on humour and the brain.
3/12/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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Humour me: why we laugh and what counts as funny

Why do we laugh, and what makes something funny? A psychologist, a neuroscientist and satirist Mark Humphries weigh in on humour and the brain.
3/12/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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All In The Mind presents... What The Duck?!

An excerpt from a new ABC podcast called What the Duck?! Each week the ABC's resident nature nerd Ann Jones explores the most unusual elements of our natural world — the ones that make you go What the Duck?!
3/9/20227 minutes, 34 seconds
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All In The Mind presents... What The Duck?!

An excerpt from a new ABC podcast called What the Duck?! Each week the ABC's resident nature nerd Ann Jones explores the most unusual elements of our natural world — the ones that make you go What the Duck?!
3/9/20227 minutes, 34 seconds
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The pleasure of pain

Spicy food, scary movies, BDSM … why do humans sometimes chase painful experiences and how are they linked to pleasure?
3/5/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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The pleasure of pain

Spicy food, scary movies, BDSM … why do humans sometimes chase painful experiences and how are they linked to pleasure?
3/5/202229 minutes, 6 seconds
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'Utterly catastrophic' — life with frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, is tricky to pick up at the doctor's office and impossible to cure. And for those who live with the condition, their families and their carers, the situation can be very challenging. On All in the Mind this week, we hear from those people and a researcher who has spent decades working on the condition.
2/26/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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'Utterly catastrophic' — life with frontotemporal dementia

Frontotemporal dementia, or FTD, is tricky to pick up at the doctor's office and impossible to cure. And for those who live with the condition, their families and their carers, the situation can be very challenging. On All in the Mind this week, we hear from those people and a researcher who has spent decades working on the condition.
2/26/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Seeing red — anger and aggression

What happens when we let our most destructive emotion dominate? On All in the Mind this week, we explore why we get angry, how you might control aggression and whether it can ever be ... useful.
2/19/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Seeing red — anger and aggression

What happens when we let our most destructive emotion dominate? On All in the Mind this week, we explore why we get angry, how you might control aggression and whether it can ever be ... useful.
2/19/202229 minutes, 29 seconds
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Toxic positivity — when happiness becomes harmful

We're urged to stay positive and keep up a cheerful disposition ... but sometimes things are just awful, aren’t they? On All in the Mind this week we look at why we engage in toxic positivity, why it's so damaging when we do and whether something called 'tragic optimism' could be the antidote.
2/12/202231 minutes, 20 seconds
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Toxic positivity — when happiness becomes harmful

We're urged to stay positive and keep up a cheerful disposition ... but sometimes things are just awful, aren’t they? On All in the Mind this week we look at why we engage in toxic positivity, why it's so damaging when we do and whether something called 'tragic optimism' could be the antidote.
2/12/202231 minutes, 20 seconds
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Controlling the chatter in your head

Most of us have an inner voice – it reminds you to pick up milk on your way home, helps problem solve, or rehearse what you’re going to say. But there are times that helpful voice veers into harmful chatter.  
2/5/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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Controlling the chatter in your head

Most of us have an inner voice – it reminds you to pick up milk on your way home, helps problem solve, or rehearse what you’re going to say. But there are times that helpful voice veers into harmful chatter.  
2/5/202229 minutes, 7 seconds
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How our brain chemicals drive our behaviour

You’ve heard of adrenaline, oxytocin and cortisol, but what about glutamate and GABA? And how much do you really know about the chemicals coursing through your brain? On All in the Mind this week, we take a whistle stop tour through your brain to learn how various chemicals influence our behaviour.
1/29/202231 minutes, 9 seconds
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How our brain chemicals drive our behaviour

You’ve heard of adrenaline, oxytocin and cortisol, but what about glutamate and GABA? And how much do you really know about the chemicals coursing through your brain? On All in the Mind this week, we take a whistle stop tour through your brain to learn how various chemicals influence our behaviour.
1/29/202231 minutes, 9 seconds
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Post-partum psychosis

Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time, despite the sleep deprivation and constant crying. But for many women, it can be a dark time. We know one in six suffer post partum depression, but there's another condition that affects women during this period that you may not have heard of. It's called post-partum psychosis. It's rare, but for those who get it, it can be utterly debilitating. This episode was first broadcast on 25 April 2021.
1/22/202229 minutes, 9 seconds
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Post-partum psychosis

Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time, despite the sleep deprivation and constant crying. But for many women, it can be a dark time. We know one in six suffer post partum depression, but there's another condition that affects women during this period that you may not have heard of. It's called post-partum psychosis. It's rare, but for those who get it, it can be utterly debilitating. This episode was first broadcast on 25 April 2021.
1/22/202229 minutes, 9 seconds
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The damage done by emotionally immature parents (and how to heal)

How would you describe your parents? Nobody's perfect, of course, but some parents leave more of a mark than others. On All in the Mind this week, we look at the life-long impact of having 'emotionally immature' parents. This episode was first broadcast on 30 May 2021.
1/15/202229 minutes, 10 seconds
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The damage done by emotionally immature parents (and how to heal)

How would you describe your parents? Nobody's perfect, of course, but some parents leave more of a mark than others. On All in the Mind this week, we look at the life-long impact of having 'emotionally immature' parents. This episode was first broadcast on 30 May 2021.
1/15/202229 minutes, 10 seconds
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Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally.
1/8/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally.
1/8/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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The making of a magnificent memory

One spring weekend a few years back, around 15 people gathered in a south Melbourne office space. They were mostly neuroscience and maths types and there for something super niche and somewhat nerdy — the Australian Memory Championships. Anastasia Woolmer was a first time competitor — but she’d go on to win. On All in the Mind, she explains the techniques memory athletes use, and how you can apply them to everyday life. This episode was first broadcast on 30 May 2021.
1/1/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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The making of a magnificent memory

One spring weekend a few years back, around 15 people gathered in a south Melbourne office space. They were mostly neuroscience and maths types and there for something super niche and somewhat nerdy — the Australian Memory Championships. Anastasia Woolmer was a first time competitor — but she’d go on to win. On All in the Mind, she explains the techniques memory athletes use, and how you can apply them to everyday life. This episode was first broadcast on 30 May 2021.
1/1/202229 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mood and the magic ion

It’s the lightest metal on the periodic table. Its origins lie in the very beginnings of our universe. And it's taken, in the form of a pill, by thousands of Australians every day. Join us as we dive deep into the story of this wonder element lithium — the magic ion, as it's sometimes called — and its remarkable impact on mood. This episode was first broadcast on 28 March 2021.
12/25/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mood and the magic ion

It’s the lightest metal on the periodic table. Its origins lie in the very beginnings of our universe. And it's taken, in the form of a pill, by thousands of Australians every day. Join us as we dive deep into the story of this wonder element lithium — the magic ion, as it's sometimes called — and its remarkable impact on mood. This episode was first broadcast on 28 March 2021.
12/25/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Misadventures in multitasking

How many times in a day are you doing just one thing? Or is it more common that you’re multitasking – maybe texting and walking? Reading while listening to music? We all multitask to some degree, but do any of us do it well? And is that even possible? This week on All in the Mind, we look into the science of multitasking – why we struggle to do it, why some of us are better at it than others – and how to do it effectively if you must
12/18/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Misadventures in multitasking

How many times in a day are you doing just one thing? Or is it more common that you’re multitasking – maybe texting and walking? Reading while listening to music? We all multitask to some degree, but do any of us do it well? And is that even possible? This week on All in the Mind, we look into the science of multitasking – why we struggle to do it, why some of us are better at it than others – and how to do it effectively if you must
12/18/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Psychedelics for mental illness

Major trials are bringing us a step closer to seeing psychedelic substances used in therapy practice for PTSD, anxiety and depression. On this episode of All in the Mind, we take a look at where the research is currently at. 
12/11/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Psychedelics for mental illness

Major trials are bringing us a step closer to seeing psychedelic substances used in therapy practice for PTSD, anxiety and depression. On this episode of All in the Mind, we take a look at where the research is currently at. 
12/11/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Overcoming resentment with gratitude

We all have resentments in our lives, big or small. How can we move past the feeling and even repair relationships that get bogged down in resentment? The answer may have something to do with ... gratitude.
12/4/202129 minutes, 11 seconds
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Overcoming resentment with gratitude

We all have resentments in our lives, big or small. How can we move past the feeling and even repair relationships that get bogged down in resentment? The answer may have something to do with ... gratitude.
12/4/202129 minutes, 11 seconds
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How dopamine drives our addictions

What role does dopamine play in cycles of addiction — and how might we use that knowledge to break them?
11/27/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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How dopamine drives our addictions

What role does dopamine play in cycles of addiction — and how might we use that knowledge to break them?
11/27/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Making big decisions

Career, family, relationships - how do we think about big decisions and in turn how do they shape our lives? And what makes a 'good decision?' On All in the Mind this week, we hear from three people who have faced big life decisions and an expert who researches life's choices and how we can make better ones.
11/20/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Making big decisions

Career, family, relationships - how do we think about big decisions and in turn how do they shape our lives? And what makes a 'good decision?' On All in the Mind this week, we hear from three people who have faced big life decisions and an expert who researches life's choices and how we can make better ones.
11/20/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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The toxic effects of rudeness

Are your colleagues rude? Do people regularly ignore each other or dismiss opinions in meeting? Ever gotten an all caps email? On All in the Mind this week, we examine the toxic effects of rude behaviour. And are we getting more rude as a society?
11/13/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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The toxic effects of rudeness

Are your colleagues rude? Do people regularly ignore each other or dismiss opinions in meeting? Ever gotten an all caps email? On All in the Mind this week, we examine the toxic effects of rude behaviour. And are we getting more rude as a society?
11/13/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Language and loss

What goes on in the multilingual mind? And what does it mean to 'lose' your language? Author and linguist Julie Sedivy with a story of losing – and re-discovering – her native language.
11/6/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Language and loss

What goes on in the multilingual mind? And what does it mean to 'lose' your language? Author and linguist Julie Sedivy with a story of losing – and re-discovering – her native language.
11/6/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Habits and making them stick

Habits are notoriously hard to change—exercising more often, practising calmness, getting healthy—it all takes time and effort. So perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a way to get habits into your routine. We talk with Bernard Balleine, Director of the Decision Neuroscience Lab at UNSW; and with B J Fogg, founder of the Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford University about his new book Tiny Habits. 
10/30/202129 minutes, 20 seconds
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Habits and making them stick

Habits are notoriously hard to change—exercising more often, practising calmness, getting healthy—it all takes time and effort. So perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a way to get habits into your routine. We talk with Bernard Balleine, Director of the Decision Neuroscience Lab at UNSW; and with B J Fogg, founder of the Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford University about his new book Tiny Habits. 
10/30/202129 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tears, fears and hope — your pandemic life

With restrictions easing around the country, we wanted to know how you've survived the past year and a half - what's gotten you through and what you can't wait to do next. On All in the Mind this week, we turn the show over to you, our listeners, and hear your pandemic survival stories.
10/23/202129 minutes, 20 seconds
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Tears, fears and hope — your pandemic life

With restrictions easing around the country, we wanted to know how you've survived the past year and a half - what's gotten you through and what you can't wait to do next. On All in the Mind this week, we turn the show over to you, our listeners, and hear your pandemic survival stories.
10/23/202129 minutes, 20 seconds
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'As real as waking life' — exploring lucid dreams

Have you ever realised you were dreaming ... while in the middle of a dream? Lucid dreams are a common phenomenon, but many people don't realise that these surreal experiences of slumber can be influenced or controlled. On All in the Mind this week, we explore the world of dreams, hear some of the latest research in the area and learn the best ways to induce lucid dreaming.
10/16/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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'As real as waking life' — exploring lucid dreams

Have you ever realised you were dreaming ... while in the middle of a dream? Lucid dreams are a common phenomenon, but many people don't realise that these surreal experiences of slumber can be influenced or controlled. On All in the Mind this week, we explore the world of dreams, hear some of the latest research in the area and learn the best ways to induce lucid dreaming.
10/16/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The peculiar power of talking to strangers

Are you the kind of person who loves chatting to strangers? Like people in cafes, parks or the train? Or does the thought of small talk make you cringe? On All in the Mind this week, we cover a growing body of research on how talking to strangers can make you feel happier, more connected to your community and less lonely.
10/9/202128 minutes, 58 seconds
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The peculiar power of talking to strangers

Are you the kind of person who loves chatting to strangers? Like people in cafes, parks or the train? Or does the thought of small talk make you cringe? On All in the Mind this week, we cover a growing body of research on how talking to strangers can make you feel happier, more connected to your community and less lonely.
10/9/202128 minutes, 58 seconds
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The building blocks of wellbeing

Wellbeing' has become a bit of a buzz word recently, but what does it really mean? It's not the same as simply being happy, or experiencing pleasure -  it's something deeper and broader  than that. It has to do with how we connect with others, how we feel about ourselves, and much more. So what do we need in order to achieve wellbeing?
10/2/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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The building blocks of wellbeing

Wellbeing' has become a bit of a buzz word recently, but what does it really mean? It's not the same as simply being happy, or experiencing pleasure -  it's something deeper and broader  than that. It has to do with how we connect with others, how we feel about ourselves, and much more. So what do we need in order to achieve wellbeing?
10/2/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Hey you! Tell us about your pandemic life

We're working on an episode about how Australians have been coping through the pandemic, and we want your stories. We want to know what’s been getting you through the tough times, and what you’re most looking forward to when this is all behind us. How can you tell us?  You just need to use your smartphone to record yourself telling a story. It can be sad, happy, funny, weird -- like maybe you got a new hobby, or re-discovered an old one, or made an unexpected friend, and that helped get you through. Maybe you’re looking forward to travelling the world, seeing your children again … or just a cold beer at the pub. Whatever it is, put it into a voice recording, and we’ll share it in a special episode of All in the Mind. To record: Find a quiet room and open up the voice memo app on your smartphone. If you don't have one installed, search for a voice memo app in your app store. Hold the phone's microphone (located at the base of the phone) about 15-20cm from your mouth. Press the red 'record' button and share your thoughts. Once you're finished, hit the record button again to stop, then press done and save the recording with a name. If you're unhappy with what you've recorded, just re-do it. When you've got your recording, you should be able to 'send' or 'share' it via email to [email protected]. Remember to include your name and the area you live so we can credit you on the podcast.
9/29/20213 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hey you! Tell us about your pandemic life

We're working on an episode about how Australians have been coping through the pandemic, and we want your stories. We want to know what’s been getting you through the tough times, and what you’re most looking forward to when this is all behind us. How can you tell us?  You just need to use your smartphone to record yourself telling a story. It can be sad, happy, funny, weird -- like maybe you got a new hobby, or re-discovered an old one, or made an unexpected friend, and that helped get you through. Maybe you’re looking forward to travelling the world, seeing your children again … or just a cold beer at the pub. Whatever it is, put it into a voice recording, and we’ll share it in a special episode of All in the Mind. To record: Find a quiet room and open up the voice memo app on your smartphone. If you don't have one installed, search for a voice memo app in your app store. Hold the phone's microphone (located at the base of the phone) about 15-20cm from your mouth. Press the red 'record' button and share your thoughts. Once you're finished, hit the record button again to stop, then press done and save the recording with a name. If you're unhappy with what you've recorded, just re-do it. When you've got your recording, you should be able to 'send' or 'share' it via email to [email protected]. Remember to include your name and the area you live so we can credit you on the podcast.
9/29/20213 minutes, 22 seconds
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Whispers, taps and tingles — what is ASMR?

Have you heard of ASMR? Whispery, clicky, crinkly videos are massive on YouTube - racking up millions of views. The idea is that these sounds elicit a certain tingly, calming sensation in some people. So what is ASMR and what does the science tell us about it? Is it real … or pseudoscience? And why do some people get the opposite reaction – irritation rather than these pleasant tingles?
9/26/202130 minutes, 15 seconds
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Whispers, taps and tingles — what is ASMR?

Have you heard of ASMR? Whispery, clicky, crinkly videos are massive on YouTube - racking up millions of views. The idea is that these sounds elicit a certain tingly, calming sensation in some people. So what is ASMR and what does the science tell us about it? Is it real … or pseudoscience? And why do some people get the opposite reaction – irritation rather than these pleasant tingles?
9/26/202130 minutes, 15 seconds
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Machiavellianism, and the 'dark triad' of personality

Do you consider yourself a shrewd manipulator? Are you cynical about the nature of human beings? If so, you might rank highly in Machiavellianism - a personality trait that's based on the writing and views of Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century Italian political philosopher. We look at what makes a Machiavellian personality, and how it fits into the so called ‘dark triad’ of traits.
9/18/202129 minutes, 23 seconds
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Machiavellianism, and the 'dark triad' of personality

Do you consider yourself a shrewd manipulator? Are you cynical about the nature of human beings? If so, you might rank highly in Machiavellianism - a personality trait that's based on the writing and views of Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century Italian political philosopher. We look at what makes a Machiavellian personality, and how it fits into the so called ‘dark triad’ of traits.
9/18/202129 minutes, 23 seconds
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Forget dad bod ... what about dad brain?

During pregnancy and then in childbirth, new mums experience some dramatic hormonal changes. But while these changes in women are relatively well studied … there’s a growing body of evidence finding that biological changes - shifts in hormones and brain activity - happen in men, too. And these shifts are just one part of the picture. Men can also experience mental health issues when they become a new dad, like postnatal depression. On All in the Mind this week, the psychological and biological changes that happen during the transition to fatherhood.
9/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Forget dad bod ... what about dad brain?

During pregnancy and then in childbirth, new mums experience some dramatic hormonal changes. But while these changes in women are relatively well studied … there’s a growing body of evidence finding that biological changes - shifts in hormones and brain activity - happen in men, too. And these shifts are just one part of the picture. Men can also experience mental health issues when they become a new dad, like postnatal depression. On All in the Mind this week, the psychological and biological changes that happen during the transition to fatherhood.
9/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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COVID and the brain

As the pandemic continues, the long-term effects of COVID-19 are a growing concern. Much is still unknown, but one major study suggests up to a third of people who get COVID-19 will go on to develop a psychiatric or neurological condition. Then there's the anxiety, depression and stigma that come with a diagnosis of the disease. On All in the Mind this week, how COVID can affect the brain.
9/4/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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COVID and the brain

As the pandemic continues, the long-term effects of COVID-19 are a growing concern. Much is still unknown, but one major study suggests up to a third of people who get COVID-19 will go on to develop a psychiatric or neurological condition. Then there's the anxiety, depression and stigma that come with a diagnosis of the disease. On All in the Mind this week, how COVID can affect the brain.
9/4/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Electroconvulsive therapy — they still do that?

ECT has a chequered history, but its modern iteration is nothing like the scenes depicted in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Used to treat severe depression and psychosis, ECT's side effects include some degree of memory loss. We delve into the discussion around benefits vs side effects, and speak to three patients about their varying degrees of success with the treatment.
8/28/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Electroconvulsive therapy — they still do that?

ECT has a chequered history, but its modern iteration is nothing like the scenes depicted in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Used to treat severe depression and psychosis, ECT's side effects include some degree of memory loss. We delve into the discussion around benefits vs side effects, and speak to three patients about their varying degrees of success with the treatment.
8/28/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Neuromarketing — how brands target your brain

Would you be able to tell the difference between a bargain bin red and a top drop? Or how about what separates a duck paté … from one made of dog food? Perception is everything when it comes to marketing, and decades of neuroscience and psychology research have given businesses ever greater insights into how we can make decisions and how they can subtly shape our expectations so that yes – even dog food paté can become appealing. But the ramifications of this power may be pushing companies into unethical territory.
8/21/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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Neuromarketing — how brands target your brain

Would you be able to tell the difference between a bargain bin red and a top drop? Or how about what separates a duck paté … from one made of dog food? Perception is everything when it comes to marketing, and decades of neuroscience and psychology research have given businesses ever greater insights into how we can make decisions and how they can subtly shape our expectations so that yes – even dog food paté can become appealing. But the ramifications of this power may be pushing companies into unethical territory.
8/21/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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The 'benevolent' brand of sexism

You’re no doubt familiar with 'hostile sexism' – blatantly negative or restrictive attitudes towards women. But there's another type of sexism it co-exists with - ‘benevolent sexism’ - which is sometimes harder to detect. Benevolent sexism can be well-meaning and positive – describing women as natural nurturers or brilliant carers. It's linked to notions of chivalry and romance - research suggests some women even find benevolent sexism attractive. But these attitudes can still cause major harm to women in the workplace and the home.
8/14/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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The 'benevolent' brand of sexism

You’re no doubt familiar with 'hostile sexism' – blatantly negative or restrictive attitudes towards women. But there's another type of sexism it co-exists with - ‘benevolent sexism’ - which is sometimes harder to detect. Benevolent sexism can be well-meaning and positive – describing women as natural nurturers or brilliant carers. It's linked to notions of chivalry and romance - research suggests some women even find benevolent sexism attractive. But these attitudes can still cause major harm to women in the workplace and the home.
8/14/202128 minutes, 57 seconds
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The 'hidden histories' of autistic adults

Over the past two decades, our cultural understanding of autism and what it means to be autistic has grown - though we have a long way to go. But there are entire generations of people who grew up when the popular conception of autism was a far cry from how it’s now understood. It meant a whole host of people who grew up feeling like they didn’t fit in, but never quite knowing why. They were autistic, but undiagnosed. And when a diagnosis did come as an adult – it was often revelatory and life-changing. On All in the Mind this week, 'hidden histories’ of late-diagnosed autistic adults.
8/7/202129 minutes, 29 seconds
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The 'hidden histories' of autistic adults

Over the past two decades, our cultural understanding of autism and what it means to be autistic has grown - though we have a long way to go. But there are entire generations of people who grew up when the popular conception of autism was a far cry from how it’s now understood. It meant a whole host of people who grew up feeling like they didn’t fit in, but never quite knowing why. They were autistic, but undiagnosed. And when a diagnosis did come as an adult – it was often revelatory and life-changing. On All in the Mind this week, 'hidden histories’ of late-diagnosed autistic adults.
8/7/202129 minutes, 29 seconds
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Hacking humans: social engineering and the power of influence

Chris Hadnagy’s job involves breaking into banks. But he’s not after money, gold or jewels. He’s searching for weaknesses – in systems, in security, and in people.  And he doesn’t use weapons or threats of violence to get past guards and into vaults. He uses a smile - and a few tricks from his toolbox of psychology and social engineering techniques. Chris is the founder and CEO of Social Engineer LLC and lectures about social engineering around the globe. On All in the Mind this week, the psychology of influence and what makes some people more vulnerable to being ‘hacked’ than others.
7/31/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Hacking humans: social engineering and the power of influence

Chris Hadnagy’s job involves breaking into banks. But he’s not after money, gold or jewels. He’s searching for weaknesses – in systems, in security, and in people.  And he doesn’t use weapons or threats of violence to get past guards and into vaults. He uses a smile - and a few tricks from his toolbox of psychology and social engineering techniques. Chris is the founder and CEO of Social Engineer LLC and lectures about social engineering around the globe. On All in the Mind this week, the psychology of influence and what makes some people more vulnerable to being ‘hacked’ than others.
7/31/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Delirium in the ICU

It’s a condition which affects some patients who end up in intensive care …  and can continue after they’re released from hospital. People often experience paranoia and fear, sometimes believing doctors are trying to kill them or that ghostly figures have visited during the night. Disrupted sleep, bright lights, the endless beeping of alarms — all are thought to play a role in bringing on the condition. On All in the Mind this week, delirium in the ICU – and how our hospital system might be redesigned to reduce it. 
7/24/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Delirium in the ICU

It’s a condition which affects some patients who end up in intensive care …  and can continue after they’re released from hospital. People often experience paranoia and fear, sometimes believing doctors are trying to kill them or that ghostly figures have visited during the night. Disrupted sleep, bright lights, the endless beeping of alarms — all are thought to play a role in bringing on the condition. On All in the Mind this week, delirium in the ICU – and how our hospital system might be redesigned to reduce it. 
7/24/202129 minutes, 7 seconds
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Why being a beginner is good for you

Tom Vanderbilt didn’t know how to play chess. That fact had never bothered him – until his four-year-old daughter decided she wanted to have a go. Within a couple of months, they’d recruited a teacher and both Tom and his daughter combo were battling it out over 64 squares. Tom found the experience of being an adult beginner so challenging and interesting he thought he'd give it a proper go - with a range of different skills and hobbies. Over the next year he embarked on learning multiple new skills, from surfing to singing. On All in the Mind this week, we hear what Tom learnt from his journey, the benefits of lifelong learning, and how kids and adults learn differently.
7/17/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Why being a beginner is good for you

Tom Vanderbilt didn’t know how to play chess. That fact had never bothered him – until his four-year-old daughter decided she wanted to have a go. Within a couple of months, they’d recruited a teacher and both Tom and his daughter combo were battling it out over 64 squares. Tom found the experience of being an adult beginner so challenging and interesting he thought he'd give it a proper go - with a range of different skills and hobbies. Over the next year he embarked on learning multiple new skills, from surfing to singing. On All in the Mind this week, we hear what Tom learnt from his journey, the benefits of lifelong learning, and how kids and adults learn differently.
7/17/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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On becoming a mother in a pandemic

More than a year after the novel coronavirus pushed much of the world into lockdown, a generation of new mothers are still coming to terms with having been pregnant - and giving birth - in a pandemic. And if you consider the uncertainty of the past year, the stress, the isolation - there are lots of reasons to be concerned about the impact that might have had on new mums, as well as their babies. On All in the Mind this week, we delve into new research on the impact of the pandemic on new mothers, and hear from mums about the trials, and occasional triumphs, of life in a lockdown limbo.
7/10/202130 minutes, 25 seconds
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On becoming a mother in a pandemic

More than a year after the novel coronavirus pushed much of the world into lockdown, a generation of new mothers are still coming to terms with having been pregnant - and giving birth - in a pandemic. And if you consider the uncertainty of the past year, the stress, the isolation - there are lots of reasons to be concerned about the impact that might have had on new mums, as well as their babies. On All in the Mind this week, we delve into new research on the impact of the pandemic on new mothers, and hear from mums about the trials, and occasional triumphs, of life in a lockdown limbo.
7/10/202130 minutes, 25 seconds
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Antidepressants and young people

From 2008 to 2018, the prescription of antidepressants in young people grew by 66 per cent. There’s data to suggest that last year, among the lockdowns and anxiety of the pandemic, that figure ticked even higher. In last week’s episode we looked at how the mental health of teenagers fared through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, another big issue among teenagers and young people - antidepressant medications. We hear from young people themselves about their mental health journeys, what it’s like to be on anti-depressants and their hopes for the future. And we cover the findings from a major review into antidepressant use in young people. 
7/3/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Antidepressants and young people

From 2008 to 2018, the prescription of antidepressants in young people grew by 66 per cent. There’s data to suggest that last year, among the lockdowns and anxiety of the pandemic, that figure ticked even higher. In last week’s episode we looked at how the mental health of teenagers fared through the first year of the coronavirus pandemic. This week, another big issue among teenagers and young people - antidepressant medications. We hear from young people themselves about their mental health journeys, what it’s like to be on anti-depressants and their hopes for the future. And we cover the findings from a major review into antidepressant use in young people. 
7/3/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Are the teens alright?

Your teenage years can be tumultuous, but did you know that half of all mental conditions in adulthood emerge by the age of 14? And on top of regular stressors like school and relationships, teens today have social media to contend with – and a little something called the global coronavirus pandemic. On All in the Mind this week, we speak to experts – and teens – about how young people fared last year.
6/26/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Are the teens alright?

Your teenage years can be tumultuous, but did you know that half of all mental conditions in adulthood emerge by the age of 14? And on top of regular stressors like school and relationships, teens today have social media to contend with – and a little something called the global coronavirus pandemic. On All in the Mind this week, we speak to experts – and teens – about how young people fared last year.
6/26/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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When your eyeballs become audible

There's a condition so bizarre and rare that most doctors haven't even heard of it. It causes people to hear their own blood moving, bones creaking, lungs breathing -  even eyeballs moving. Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome can have a profound impact on a person's life and mental health... so can it be fixed? We go into a hospital operating room to learn about this little-known condition. Warning: this episode contains a description of a surgical operation. This episode first aired on 29 March 2020.
6/19/202127 minutes, 54 seconds
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When your eyeballs become audible

There's a condition so bizarre and rare that most doctors haven't even heard of it. It causes people to hear their own blood moving, bones creaking, lungs breathing -  even eyeballs moving. Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome can have a profound impact on a person's life and mental health... so can it be fixed? We go into a hospital operating room to learn about this little-known condition. Warning: this episode contains a description of a surgical operation. This episode first aired on 29 March 2020.
6/19/202127 minutes, 54 seconds
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Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally.
6/12/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Does self-help ... help? The problem with pop psychology

Have you ever tried a self-help book? Did it… well, help? On All in the Mind this week, why self-help sometimes falls short ... and the problem with pop psychology more generally.
6/12/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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The guru playbook

On All in the Mind this week, the guru playbook and why we should get smart to their tactics.
6/5/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The guru playbook

On All in the Mind this week, the guru playbook and why we should get smart to their tactics.
6/5/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The making of a magnificent memory

Anastasia Woolmer explains the techniques memory athletes use to recall names, facts and figures, and how you can apply them to everyday life.
5/29/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The making of a magnificent memory

Anastasia Woolmer explains the techniques memory athletes use to recall names, facts and figures, and how you can apply them to everyday life.
5/29/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Super-voice-recognisers

Are you good at recognising voices?
5/22/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Super-voice-recognisers

Are you good at recognising voices?
5/22/202129 minutes, 4 seconds
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Screaming fans and overzealous stans — the psychology of fandom

From the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, Taylor Swift to BTS – music changes, but screaming fans never seem to fade.
5/15/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Screaming fans and overzealous stans — the psychology of fandom

From the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys, Taylor Swift to BTS – music changes, but screaming fans never seem to fade.
5/15/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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The damage done by emotionally immature parents (and how to heal)

How would you describe your parents? Nobody's perfect, but some parents leave more of a mark than others.
5/8/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The damage done by emotionally immature parents (and how to heal)

How would you describe your parents? Nobody's perfect, but some parents leave more of a mark than others.
5/8/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Phobias, paranoia – and how VR can help

Virtual reality technology is increasingly being used as a form of therapy – treating everything from the depressive symptoms of dementia to the paranoia people develop as part of psychosis.
5/1/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Phobias, paranoia – and how VR can help

Virtual reality technology is increasingly being used as a form of therapy – treating everything from the depressive symptoms of dementia to the paranoia people develop as part of psychosis.
5/1/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Post-partum psychosis

Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time, despite the sleep deprivation and constant crying. But for many women, it's an extremely vulnerable period.
4/24/202130 minutes, 1 second
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Post-partum psychosis

Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous time, despite the sleep deprivation and constant crying. But for many women, it's an extremely vulnerable period.
4/24/202130 minutes, 1 second
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The mind of a murderer

Dr Richard Taylor is a forensic psychiatrist — and he’s assessed well over a hundred accused killers in his career.
4/17/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The mind of a murderer

Dr Richard Taylor is a forensic psychiatrist — and he’s assessed well over a hundred accused killers in his career.
4/17/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The dark side of daydreams

For two decades of Hannah Byford’s life, she kept a secret. When things at home got too much to bear, she’d retreat to an imagined life, inside her head — an elaborate daydream.
4/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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The dark side of daydreams

For two decades of Hannah Byford’s life, she kept a secret. When things at home got too much to bear, she’d retreat to an imagined life, inside her head — an elaborate daydream.
4/11/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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'I'm going to cook my baby'

A few years back, Dr Toni Sturdivant was looking for a preschool for her three-year-old daughter. After considering a few schools around their Texas suburb, she thought she’d found the perfect place.
4/4/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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'I'm going to cook my baby'

A few years back, Dr Toni Sturdivant was looking for a preschool for her three-year-old daughter. After considering a few schools around their Texas suburb, she thought she’d found the perfect place.
4/4/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mood and the magic ion

It’s the lightest metal on the periodic table. Its origins lie in the very beginnings of our universe. And it's taken, in the form of a pill, by thousands of Australians every day.
3/28/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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Mood and the magic ion

It’s the lightest metal on the periodic table. Its origins lie in the very beginnings of our universe. And it's taken, in the form of a pill, by thousands of Australians every day.
3/28/202129 minutes, 10 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 06 | Now Is The Time For Cake

Graham doesn't think I am broken, but I still suspect I might be.
3/21/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 06 | Now Is The Time For Cake

Graham doesn't think I am broken, but I still suspect I might be.
3/21/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 05 | Emotionally Deluxe

How to collect your tears, the existential angst of the shampoo aisle, and the boy returns.
3/14/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 05 | Emotionally Deluxe

How to collect your tears, the existential angst of the shampoo aisle, and the boy returns.
3/14/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 04 | 60,000 Thoughts

We have 60,000 thoughts each day. I will try to track every single one of them.
3/7/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 04 | 60,000 Thoughts

We have 60,000 thoughts each day. I will try to track every single one of them.
3/7/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 03 | A Good Patient

There are no good snack options in psych hospital. And it’s really hard to not look crazy.
2/28/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 03 | A Good Patient

There are no good snack options in psych hospital. And it’s really hard to not look crazy.
2/28/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 02 | The Vast Wasteland

Hunting for a psychiatrist is a lot like hunting for 'The One'. Only much more expensive and with a tiny dating pool.
2/21/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 02 | The Vast Wasteland

Hunting for a psychiatrist is a lot like hunting for 'The One'. Only much more expensive and with a tiny dating pool.
2/21/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 01 | The Voice

We all have that voice in our head. The one that is brutally honest. It’s a good thing, right? Except when it really isn’t.
2/14/202129 minutes, 9 seconds
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No Feeling Is Final — 01 | The Voice

We all have that voice in our head. The one that is brutally honest. It’s a good thing, right? Except when it really isn’t.
2/14/202129 minutes, 9 seconds
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Lived experience, trauma and the 'missing middle': Victoria's mental health royal commission

On All in the Mind, we look at the problems in Victoria's mental health system and what needs to change going forward.
2/7/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Lived experience, trauma and the 'missing middle': Victoria's mental health royal commission

On All in the Mind, we look at the problems in Victoria's mental health system and what needs to change going forward.
2/7/202129 minutes, 8 seconds
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Music of memory

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.
1/31/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Music of memory

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.
1/31/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The mysterious corpus callosum: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

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. This program was first broadcast in May 2016.
1/24/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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The mysterious corpus callosum: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

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. This program was first broadcast in May 2016.
1/24/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Girls and Autism: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

Most people tend to think of autism as a male disorder, and 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. This program was originally broadcast in June 2015,
1/17/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Girls and Autism: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

Most people tend to think of autism as a male disorder, and 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. This program was originally broadcast in June 2015,
1/17/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Dissociation and coping with trauma: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

Warning: some listeners may find aspects of this program confronting. The compelling account of a woman who lived with dissociative identity disorder—and how she eventually became integrated.
1/10/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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Dissociation and coping with trauma: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

Warning: some listeners may find aspects of this program confronting. The compelling account of a woman who lived with dissociative identity disorder—and how she eventually became integrated.
1/10/202129 minutes, 6 seconds
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A highly superior memory: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

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.
1/3/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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A highly superior memory: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

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.
1/3/202129 minutes, 5 seconds
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Turn on, tune in: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

Turn on, tune in and drop out … that was the catch cry of U.S. psychologist Timothy Leary in the 1960s. By 1966 psychedelics were demonised and banned, but now—in controlled scientific settings—there's a psychedelic 'renaissance' in mental health therapy. Early research on the use of ecstasy in the treatment of stress disorders looks promising.
12/27/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Turn on, tune in: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

Turn on, tune in and drop out … that was the catch cry of U.S. psychologist Timothy Leary in the 1960s. By 1966 psychedelics were demonised and banned, but now—in controlled scientific settings—there's a psychedelic 'renaissance' in mental health therapy. Early research on the use of ecstasy in the treatment of stress disorders looks promising.
12/27/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Parenting with a mental illness: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

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.
12/20/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Parenting with a mental illness: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

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.
12/20/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Synesthesia—seeing sounds, hearing colours: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

For some people the number six is red and music evokes a range of colours and shapes. Seeing sounds and hearing colours is one type of synesthesia—where the senses are crossed.  Meet an 11-year-old girl who was surprised to find out that not everyone sees colourful auras around people, and who feels that numbers have colours and personalities.
12/13/202050 minutes, 38 seconds
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Synesthesia—seeing sounds, hearing colours: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite programs

For some people the number six is red and music evokes a range of colours and shapes. Seeing sounds and hearing colours is one type of synesthesia—where the senses are crossed.  Meet an 11-year-old girl who was surprised to find out that not everyone sees colourful auras around people, and who feels that numbers have colours and personalities.
12/13/202050 minutes, 38 seconds
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Anxiety, and the 'worry bully': One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite All in the Mind programs

Anxiety is an essential human emotion—it kicks in to protect us from threats—but sometimes those threats are only perceived. When worries start to become overwhelming, approximately 25 per cent of us experience clinical anxiety. But it is highly treatable. A ten-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man share their anxious thoughts and their strategies to manage them. 
12/6/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Anxiety, and the 'worry bully': One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite All in the Mind programs

Anxiety is an essential human emotion—it kicks in to protect us from threats—but sometimes those threats are only perceived. When worries start to become overwhelming, approximately 25 per cent of us experience clinical anxiety. But it is highly treatable. A ten-year-old girl and a 30-year-old man share their anxious thoughts and their strategies to manage them. 
12/6/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Locked in: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite All in the Mind programs

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.
11/29/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Locked in: One of Lynne Malcolm's favourite All in the Mind programs

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.
11/29/202029 minutes, 8 seconds
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Science of self: In a series of Lynne Malcolm's favourite All in the Mind programs

Scientists and philosophers have been perplexed by our sense of the self for millennia. Now, by investigating neurological conditions which disrupt the self—such as body identity disorder, schizophrenia, and the doppelganger effect—neuroscience is finding new clues.
11/22/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Science of self: In a series of Lynne Malcolm's favourite All in the Mind programs

Scientists and philosophers have been perplexed by our sense of the self for millennia. Now, by investigating neurological conditions which disrupt the self—such as body identity disorder, schizophrenia, and the doppelganger effect—neuroscience is finding new clues.
11/22/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Podcast extra: Jana Pittman extended interview

As part of our program about Resilience, Lynne spoke with former Olympian - and now medical doctor - Jana Pittman. We thought you'd like to hear the full interview.
11/15/202018 minutes, 25 seconds
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Podcast extra: Jana Pittman extended interview

As part of our program about Resilience, Lynne spoke with former Olympian - and now medical doctor - Jana Pittman. We thought you'd like to hear the full interview.
11/15/202018 minutes, 25 seconds
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Resilience: What's the buzz?

As Lynne Malcolm gets ready for life outside the ABC, she’s been thinking about how all of us cope with changes and challenges, and how our sense of ourselves is influenced by our surroundings. This has become even more relevant for us as we get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
11/15/202041 minutes, 58 seconds
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Resilience: What's the buzz?

As Lynne Malcolm gets ready for life outside the ABC, she’s been thinking about how all of us cope with changes and challenges, and how our sense of ourselves is influenced by our surroundings. This has become even more relevant for us as we get through the COVID-19 pandemic.
11/15/202041 minutes, 58 seconds
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Podcast extra: The question of brain bias

What happens in our brain when we make assumptions about people who don’t seem to be like us – when they may look, speak, or behave differently. And can brain science help us to override our potential prejudices? I explore some research on this topic, which specifically looks at how we perceive other people, animals, and things outside ourselves - such as technology.
11/8/202027 minutes, 3 seconds
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Podcast extra: The question of brain bias

What happens in our brain when we make assumptions about people who don’t seem to be like us – when they may look, speak, or behave differently. And can brain science help us to override our potential prejudices? I explore some research on this topic, which specifically looks at how we perceive other people, animals, and things outside ourselves - such as technology.
11/8/202027 minutes, 3 seconds
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Preventing Indigenous suicide

The rate of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is double that of non-Indigenous people in Australia, and it’s reached a crisis point – particularly amongst the young.  In this NAIDOC week 2020 we hear from researchers and practitioners, and those with lived experience about the best strategies to stem the tide of indigenous suicide  
11/8/202036 minutes, 26 seconds
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Preventing Indigenous suicide

The rate of suicide in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities is double that of non-Indigenous people in Australia, and it’s reached a crisis point – particularly amongst the young.  In this NAIDOC week 2020 we hear from researchers and practitioners, and those with lived experience about the best strategies to stem the tide of indigenous suicide  
11/8/202036 minutes, 26 seconds
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Playing hard to get

Folk wisdom suggests that playing ‘hard to get’ can help you attract a potential partner. But many psychologists have been skeptical about whether it does have an effect in dating. Over the past few years several new studies on the effect have aimed to pin down the rare circumstances where it might actually be effective.
11/1/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Playing hard to get

Folk wisdom suggests that playing ‘hard to get’ can help you attract a potential partner. But many psychologists have been skeptical about whether it does have an effect in dating. Over the past few years several new studies on the effect have aimed to pin down the rare circumstances where it might actually be effective.
11/1/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Podcast extra: Timothy Carey extended interview

Lynne Malcolm's extended interview with Timothy Carey about how he applies his perspective on control to address inequality in Rwandan society.
10/25/20207 minutes, 46 seconds
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Podcast extra: Timothy Carey extended interview

Lynne Malcolm's extended interview with Timothy Carey about how he applies his perspective on control to address inequality in Rwandan society.
10/25/20207 minutes, 46 seconds
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Controlling behaviour

We all have a natural need for a sense of control in our lives – but the over-controlling kind can get out of hand. People with a psychopathic personality disorder are highly skilled in manipulative techniques – which can wreak havoc if you’re on the receiving end. But every-day controlling behaviour may be getting an unfair bad rap – and may be essential for our wellbeing.
10/25/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Controlling behaviour

We all have a natural need for a sense of control in our lives – but the over-controlling kind can get out of hand. People with a psychopathic personality disorder are highly skilled in manipulative techniques – which can wreak havoc if you’re on the receiving end. But every-day controlling behaviour may be getting an unfair bad rap – and may be essential for our wellbeing.
10/25/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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WEIRD psychology

Claims about human psychology and behaviour in top international journals are largely based on the WEIRDest people in the world. People from Western Educated Industrialised Rich Democratic - or WEIRD - societies are widely used as research subjects, but the assumption that they represent a universal human population may be vastly wrong, and skew psychological research. More cultural psychology could be the answer.
10/18/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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WEIRD psychology

Claims about human psychology and behaviour in top international journals are largely based on the WEIRDest people in the world. People from Western Educated Industrialised Rich Democratic - or WEIRD - societies are widely used as research subjects, but the assumption that they represent a universal human population may be vastly wrong, and skew psychological research. More cultural psychology could be the answer.
10/18/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The predictive mind

The mind contains everything we think and feel – our experiences are created by the brain, mostly without our awareness. This makes it pretty much impossible to fully know the mind of others. Research shows that, to ensure our survival, the brain constantly attempts to predict what will happen next.
10/11/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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The predictive mind

The mind contains everything we think and feel – our experiences are created by the brain, mostly without our awareness. This makes it pretty much impossible to fully know the mind of others. Research shows that, to ensure our survival, the brain constantly attempts to predict what will happen next.
10/11/202028 minutes, 57 seconds
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A love letter to smell

When you're near coriander or parmesan cheese, do you smell fresh sweetness or vomit and soap?
10/4/202032 minutes, 10 seconds
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A love letter to smell

When you're near coriander or parmesan cheese, do you smell fresh sweetness or vomit and soap?
10/4/202032 minutes, 10 seconds
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Podcast Extra: Dr Alex Korb offers more techniques out of depression, anxiety

Can you rewire your brain to recover from depression?
9/27/202026 minutes, 41 seconds
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Podcast Extra: Dr Alex Korb offers more techniques out of depression, anxiety

Can you rewire your brain to recover from depression?
9/27/202026 minutes, 41 seconds
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How to stay mentally healthy

What small changes can we make in our daily lives to improve our mental health?
9/27/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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How to stay mentally healthy

What small changes can we make in our daily lives to improve our mental health?
9/27/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Trusting Strangers - Who Do We Trust and Why?

When two strangers meet, how do they figure out whether to trust one another?
9/20/202029 minutes, 24 seconds
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Trusting Strangers - Who Do We Trust and Why?

When two strangers meet, how do they figure out whether to trust one another?
9/20/202029 minutes, 24 seconds
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Facing The Dark to See The Light

Tara Lal was engulfed by grief after the loss of her mother and brother, but found in her brother's diaries her reason to keep going.
9/13/202029 minutes, 39 seconds
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Facing The Dark to See The Light

Tara Lal was engulfed by grief after the loss of her mother and brother, but found in her brother's diaries her reason to keep going.
9/13/202029 minutes, 39 seconds
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Introducing... Patient Zero

Even big diseases start small... PATIENT ZERO is a new podcast that tells the stories of disease outbreaks: where they begin, why they happen and how we found ourselves in the middle of a really big one. Over four episodes the team follow the aftermath of a natural disaster, reset the timeline of one of Australia's most devastating epidemics, get to the bottom of a shocking medical mystery, and do their best to keep pace with the new normal. PATIENT ZERO is a co-production of ABC Science and Radio National. To check it out, search for "RN Presents Patient Zero" on the ABC Listen app, or wherever you get your podcasts.
9/8/20205 minutes, 15 seconds
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Introducing... Patient Zero

Even big diseases start small... PATIENT ZERO is a new podcast that tells the stories of disease outbreaks: where they begin, why they happen and how we found ourselves in the middle of a really big one. Over four episodes the team follow the aftermath of a natural disaster, reset the timeline of one of Australia's most devastating epidemics, get to the bottom of a shocking medical mystery, and do their best to keep pace with the new normal. PATIENT ZERO is a co-production of ABC Science and Radio National. To check it out, search for "RN Presents Patient Zero" on the ABC Listen app, or wherever you get your podcasts.
9/8/20205 minutes, 15 seconds
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Sharing dreams and social visions

If you’re having particularly vivid dreams during this CoVID pandemic then you’re not alone. But your dreams may collectively say something about broader society. Across the globe from Italy to Australia, social dreamers have been meeting in Zoom matrices, to share dreams and gain insights. It’s like a megaphone from the unconscious..
9/6/202029 minutes, 32 seconds
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Sharing dreams and social visions

If you’re having particularly vivid dreams during this CoVID pandemic then you’re not alone. But your dreams may collectively say something about broader society. Across the globe from Italy to Australia, social dreamers have been meeting in Zoom matrices, to share dreams and gain insights. It’s like a megaphone from the unconscious..
9/6/202029 minutes, 32 seconds
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The bizarre dreaming of COVID-19

Many of us have had more vivid dreams and nightmares during this global pandemic. A multinational study is set to find out how COVID-19 is affecting our dreams, and whether changes to our inner consciousness could affect our mental health. Along the way researchers will investigate the mysteries of why we dream, why they are often so bizarre, and whether there’s really a difference between dreams during sleep and mind wandering. 
8/30/202035 minutes, 22 seconds
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The bizarre dreaming of COVID-19

Many of us have had more vivid dreams and nightmares during this global pandemic. A multinational study is set to find out how COVID-19 is affecting our dreams, and whether changes to our inner consciousness could affect our mental health. Along the way researchers will investigate the mysteries of why we dream, why they are often so bizarre, and whether there’s really a difference between dreams during sleep and mind wandering. 
8/30/202035 minutes, 22 seconds
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Reflections on shame

Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation caused by bad or foolish behaviour and can affect our mental health. This is seen particularly in the rise of anxiety and of self-harm. But public shame - especially in our digital age - can be a strong tool to regulate our social behaviour. 
8/23/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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Reflections on shame

Shame is a painful feeling of humiliation caused by bad or foolish behaviour and can affect our mental health. This is seen particularly in the rise of anxiety and of self-harm. But public shame - especially in our digital age - can be a strong tool to regulate our social behaviour. 
8/23/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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Podcast extra: Sam Bloom

An extra to our recent episode about spinal cord injury research where we heard from surfer Sam Bloom. Sam's beautiful and lively personality made us want to share the whole interview.
8/16/202015 minutes, 14 seconds
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Podcast extra: Sam Bloom

An extra to our recent episode about spinal cord injury research where we heard from surfer Sam Bloom. Sam's beautiful and lively personality made us want to share the whole interview.
8/16/202015 minutes, 14 seconds
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Spinal cord injury: research and resilience

Around 350 Australians are affected by spinal cord injury each year. Sam leant against a balcony railing and fell six meters; James had a rare injury while learning to surf. Both were left paraplegic. But cutting-edge research may bring back sensation, and even assist people like them walk again.  A baby magpie and a commitment to investigation help to bring hope.
8/16/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Spinal cord injury: research and resilience

Around 350 Australians are affected by spinal cord injury each year. Sam leant against a balcony railing and fell six meters; James had a rare injury while learning to surf. Both were left paraplegic. But cutting-edge research may bring back sensation, and even assist people like them walk again.  A baby magpie and a commitment to investigation help to bring hope.
8/16/202029 minutes, 4 seconds
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Podcast extra: Culture Dose views Flowers and Fruit

As mentioned in yesterday's program, here’s a taste of one of the Culture Dose sessions called 'Joy in everyday life'. Head to our program webapge for a brief meditative exercise with Katherine Boydell from the Black Dog Institute, then Access Programs Producer at the Art Gallery of NSW, Danielle Gullotta, guides the viewer through the painting.
8/9/202023 minutes, 59 seconds
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Podcast extra: Culture Dose views Flowers and Fruit

As mentioned in yesterday's program, here’s a taste of one of the Culture Dose sessions called 'Joy in everyday life'. Head to our program webapge for a brief meditative exercise with Katherine Boydell from the Black Dog Institute, then Access Programs Producer at the Art Gallery of NSW, Danielle Gullotta, guides the viewer through the painting.
8/9/202023 minutes, 59 seconds
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Prescribing art for mental health

In this time of social isolation, many of us have turned to getting creative...baking bread, picking up a paintbrush, or checking out online theatre performances and virtual gallery tours. Now there’s research on whether prescribing art could help with mental health conditions, such as depression. Take a dose of culture for your wellbeing. 
8/9/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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Prescribing art for mental health

In this time of social isolation, many of us have turned to getting creative...baking bread, picking up a paintbrush, or checking out online theatre performances and virtual gallery tours. Now there’s research on whether prescribing art could help with mental health conditions, such as depression. Take a dose of culture for your wellbeing. 
8/9/202028 minutes, 56 seconds
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Seeing when you're blind

Charles Bonnet Syndrome is sometimes called the ‘plaything of the brain’ for the blind and visually impaired. The syndrome isn’t associated with mental illness or dementia, yet people with it are able to ‘see’ things — like little wriggling children in pink and white pyjamas, or a goat riding on a bike through their lounge room.
8/2/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Seeing when you're blind

Charles Bonnet Syndrome is sometimes called the ‘plaything of the brain’ for the blind and visually impaired. The syndrome isn’t associated with mental illness or dementia, yet people with it are able to ‘see’ things — like little wriggling children in pink and white pyjamas, or a goat riding on a bike through their lounge room.
8/2/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kindness, and Longevity

We could never have guessed the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic would have on us. We’re all affected in different ways but the need to stay physically distant from one another has highlighted the importance of human connection, empathy, and kindness. We hear about the research showing that strong social networks will keep us living longer than any fitness tracker or superfood. And one man’s determination to promote kindness throughout the world after a family tragedy.
7/26/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Kindness, and Longevity

We could never have guessed the impact that the Covid-19 pandemic would have on us. We’re all affected in different ways but the need to stay physically distant from one another has highlighted the importance of human connection, empathy, and kindness. We hear about the research showing that strong social networks will keep us living longer than any fitness tracker or superfood. And one man’s determination to promote kindness throughout the world after a family tragedy.
7/26/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Electricity and the brain

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has a chequered history, but its modern iteration is nothing like the scenes depicted in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Used to treat severe depression and psychosis, ECT's side effects include some degree of memory loss. We delve into the discussion around benefits vs side effects, and speak to three patients about their varying degrees of success with the treatment.
7/19/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Electricity and the brain

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) has a chequered history, but its modern iteration is nothing like the scenes depicted in films like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Used to treat severe depression and psychosis, ECT's side effects include some degree of memory loss. We delve into the discussion around benefits vs side effects, and speak to three patients about their varying degrees of success with the treatment.
7/19/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The anxious type’s guide to 2020

It’s hard to know how to look after your mental health at a time like this. But what happens if that’s something you were already struggling with, before the pandemic hit? 
7/12/202029 minutes, 9 seconds
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The anxious type’s guide to 2020

It’s hard to know how to look after your mental health at a time like this. But what happens if that’s something you were already struggling with, before the pandemic hit? 
7/12/202029 minutes, 9 seconds
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The 'Grandma Benches' of Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe mental health has become a very big challenge, yet there are fewer than 20 psychiatrists in a population of over 14 million people. To help create accessible and effective care, psychiatrist Dr Dixon Chibanda began a talk-based cognitive behavioural therapy called Friendship Benches: training grandmothers to become health workers for their communities. Presenter Kim Chakanetsa hears the grandmothers are having astounding results, and recent clinical trials found they are more effective than conventional medical treatments. Dixon Chibanda is also moving his idea online and giving the world access to a virtual Friendship Bench. A BBC World Service program produced for The Documentary Part of the ABC's Your Mental Health initiative, in partnership with Lifeline and Kids Helpline, to support Australians during this challenging time.
7/5/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The 'Grandma Benches' of Zimbabwe

In Zimbabwe mental health has become a very big challenge, yet there are fewer than 20 psychiatrists in a population of over 14 million people. To help create accessible and effective care, psychiatrist Dr Dixon Chibanda began a talk-based cognitive behavioural therapy called Friendship Benches: training grandmothers to become health workers for their communities. Presenter Kim Chakanetsa hears the grandmothers are having astounding results, and recent clinical trials found they are more effective than conventional medical treatments. Dixon Chibanda is also moving his idea online and giving the world access to a virtual Friendship Bench. A BBC World Service program produced for The Documentary Part of the ABC's Your Mental Health initiative, in partnership with Lifeline and Kids Helpline, to support Australians during this challenging time.
7/5/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The psychology of nostalgia

If recently you’ve been poring over old photos and reminiscing, then you’re not alone. Take heart in learning that nostalgic reminiscing may be an effective strategy to cope with isolation, and perhaps to combat anxiety. But it’s a paradoxical emotion because it can be both sad and uplifting.
6/28/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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The psychology of nostalgia

If recently you’ve been poring over old photos and reminiscing, then you’re not alone. Take heart in learning that nostalgic reminiscing may be an effective strategy to cope with isolation, and perhaps to combat anxiety. But it’s a paradoxical emotion because it can be both sad and uplifting.
6/28/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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(Repeat) Adventures in sleep

At night our brain can have adventures. Even if they're fully asleep, some people end up sleep walking or sleep driving! The neuroscience of nightmares and dreaming—and what they can tell us about the workings of our brain. This program was originally broadcast in June 2019.
6/21/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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(Repeat) Adventures in sleep

At night our brain can have adventures. Even if they're fully asleep, some people end up sleep walking or sleep driving! The neuroscience of nightmares and dreaming—and what they can tell us about the workings of our brain. This program was originally broadcast in June 2019.
6/21/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Machiavellianism, and the 'dark triad' of personality

Do you consider yourself a shrewd manipulator? Are you cynical about the nature of human beings? If so, you might rank highly in Machiavellianism - a personality trait that's based on the writing and views of Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century Italian political philosopher. We look at what makes a Machiavellian personality, and how it fits into the so called ‘dark triad’ of traits.
6/14/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Machiavellianism, and the 'dark triad' of personality

Do you consider yourself a shrewd manipulator? Are you cynical about the nature of human beings? If so, you might rank highly in Machiavellianism - a personality trait that's based on the writing and views of Niccolo Machiavelli, the 16th-century Italian political philosopher. We look at what makes a Machiavellian personality, and how it fits into the so called ‘dark triad’ of traits.
6/14/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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The anxious shrink

Dr Mark Cross understands anxiety viscerally. Not only is he a psychiatrist, he’s also lived with the condition nearly all his life. And he’s made the decision to be open about his struggle – a rare move for a doctor. His latest book is called ‘Anxiety: Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who’s Lived With Anxiety All His Life’'.
6/7/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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The anxious shrink

Dr Mark Cross understands anxiety viscerally. Not only is he a psychiatrist, he’s also lived with the condition nearly all his life. And he’s made the decision to be open about his struggle – a rare move for a doctor. His latest book is called ‘Anxiety: Expert Advice from a Neurotic Shrink Who’s Lived With Anxiety All His Life’'.
6/7/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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We love Nature Track: A podcast extra

All in the Mind has become a big fan of the new ABC audio series Nature Track. It's been made by ABC producer Ann Jones - who, as well as making the Radio National program Off Track, has been collecting wildlife and nature recordings from all over Australia and the world. And now you can hear these pristine sounds wherever you are ... anywhere. Nature Track comprises five soundscapes of varying durations, five chances to give yourself the space you need. No music, no voice, just nature. Sana talks with Ann about her wish to share her recordings, and she brings us a sample of the first one - from Wiluna, WA, on the lands of the Martu people. It’s gorgeous, arid country about 960km east of Perth. You can find more on the ABC Science You Tube channel - and via the Off Track podcast feed.
6/2/20209 minutes, 16 seconds
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We love Nature Track: A podcast extra

All in the Mind has become a big fan of the new ABC audio series Nature Track. It's been made by ABC producer Ann Jones - who, as well as making the Radio National program Off Track, has been collecting wildlife and nature recordings from all over Australia and the world. And now you can hear these pristine sounds wherever you are ... anywhere. Nature Track comprises five soundscapes of varying durations, five chances to give yourself the space you need. No music, no voice, just nature. Sana talks with Ann about her wish to share her recordings, and she brings us a sample of the first one - from Wiluna, WA, on the lands of the Martu people. It’s gorgeous, arid country about 960km east of Perth. You can find more on the ABC Science You Tube channel - and via the Off Track podcast feed.
6/2/20209 minutes, 16 seconds
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Healing the trauma of the Stolen Generations

In Australia there are an estimated 17,000 Stolen Generations survivors, and a lack of culturally relevant mental health services is a major barrier to healing for many of them. Now programs led by Indigenous communities themselves are helping people to confront and move past their trauma. We talk with Stolen Generations survivor Aunty Lorraine Peeters, whose life experience led to a pioneering healing program, and became part of a groundswell of Indigenous-led solutions to address trauma. And Indigenous psychologist Kelleigh Ryan describes the challenges to supporting culturally appropriate healing. Presented as part of Reconciliation Week 2020, and the ABC's Walking Together initiative.
5/31/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Healing the trauma of the Stolen Generations

In Australia there are an estimated 17,000 Stolen Generations survivors, and a lack of culturally relevant mental health services is a major barrier to healing for many of them. Now programs led by Indigenous communities themselves are helping people to confront and move past their trauma. We talk with Stolen Generations survivor Aunty Lorraine Peeters, whose life experience led to a pioneering healing program, and became part of a groundswell of Indigenous-led solutions to address trauma. And Indigenous psychologist Kelleigh Ryan describes the challenges to supporting culturally appropriate healing. Presented as part of Reconciliation Week 2020, and the ABC's Walking Together initiative.
5/31/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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Can boredom ever be good? Part 2

Last week we heard about the different shades of boredom that people can experience in a dull moment. Although it’s considered a broadly negative emotion, believe it or not, it seems boredom can sometimes be beneficial - especially when it lets us daydream. Some research suggests it can even promote our creativity. But do people differ in how they experience boredom? Are some more likely to be able to benefit from getting bored? 
5/24/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can boredom ever be good? Part 2

Last week we heard about the different shades of boredom that people can experience in a dull moment. Although it’s considered a broadly negative emotion, believe it or not, it seems boredom can sometimes be beneficial - especially when it lets us daydream. Some research suggests it can even promote our creativity. But do people differ in how they experience boredom? Are some more likely to be able to benefit from getting bored? 
5/24/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can boredom ever be good? Part 1

Many Australians have reported a higher level of boredom during the long stretch of isolation brought about by COVID-19. So, if you have felt some boredom, was it good or bad? Psychologists believe they’ve classified several different shades of the beast and not all are bad. So we check out ways to embrace the better versions.
5/17/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Can boredom ever be good? Part 1

Many Australians have reported a higher level of boredom during the long stretch of isolation brought about by COVID-19. So, if you have felt some boredom, was it good or bad? Psychologists believe they’ve classified several different shades of the beast and not all are bad. So we check out ways to embrace the better versions.
5/17/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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(Repeat) The power of social norms—rules to make or break

What ultimately drives human behaviour? A leading professor of psychology, Michele Gelfand, suggests that culture is one of the last uncharted frontiers. From her pioneering research into cultural and social norms she’s found an important distinction between tight and loose cultures, and their tendency to make or break rules. These social norms or informal rules of conduct determine whether we co-operate or come into conflict, at both the collective and individual levels. This program was first broadcast in June 2019
5/10/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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(Repeat) The power of social norms—rules to make or break

What ultimately drives human behaviour? A leading professor of psychology, Michele Gelfand, suggests that culture is one of the last uncharted frontiers. From her pioneering research into cultural and social norms she’s found an important distinction between tight and loose cultures, and their tendency to make or break rules. These social norms or informal rules of conduct determine whether we co-operate or come into conflict, at both the collective and individual levels. This program was first broadcast in June 2019
5/10/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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The brain in isolation

Over the past few weeks many of us have been living more isolated lives than we’re used to. We might not be in government-mandated quarantine but there’s no doubt that COVID-19 has upended our social lives. Yet isolation can be deeply troubling for humans because we’re social animals; and that’s just as true in our current circumstances as it is in very extreme forms of isolation.
5/3/202025 minutes, 2 seconds
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The brain in isolation

Over the past few weeks many of us have been living more isolated lives than we’re used to. We might not be in government-mandated quarantine but there’s no doubt that COVID-19 has upended our social lives. Yet isolation can be deeply troubling for humans because we’re social animals; and that’s just as true in our current circumstances as it is in very extreme forms of isolation.
5/3/202025 minutes, 2 seconds
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Podcast extra: The pineapple project

Sharing with you one of the ABC's other great podcasts. Join Jan Fran and friends as they take life’s prickly bits and make them sweeter and easier to deal with.
4/27/202027 minutes, 13 seconds
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Podcast extra: The pineapple project

Sharing with you one of the ABC's other great podcasts. Join Jan Fran and friends as they take life’s prickly bits and make them sweeter and easier to deal with.
4/27/202027 minutes, 13 seconds
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Seeking help for the first time in a crisis

If you’ve noticed a change in your mental well-being over the past few weeks you’re not alone.  As the effects of the pandemic and the conditions of isolation begin to be take hold, many Australians are searching for support for the first time in their lives. So if you choose to ask for help, how do you take the first steps. 
4/26/202030 minutes, 8 seconds
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Seeking help for the first time in a crisis

If you’ve noticed a change in your mental well-being over the past few weeks you’re not alone.  As the effects of the pandemic and the conditions of isolation begin to be take hold, many Australians are searching for support for the first time in their lives. So if you choose to ask for help, how do you take the first steps. 
4/26/202030 minutes, 8 seconds
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Mental health on the Covid frontline

The uncertainty, isolation, and danger posed by the Coronavirus pandemic affects the mental health of many people - but for those on the frontline, all of those feelings can be heightened. We talk to health professionals who have been managing their own panic attacks and anxiety. 
4/19/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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Mental health on the Covid frontline

The uncertainty, isolation, and danger posed by the Coronavirus pandemic affects the mental health of many people - but for those on the frontline, all of those feelings can be heightened. We talk to health professionals who have been managing their own panic attacks and anxiety. 
4/19/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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The ageing brain: it ain't all downhill

Growing older is something we only get to do if we’re lucky, so why are so many of us unenthusiastic about the prospect of ageing? We speak to neuroscientist and author Dan Levitin about his new book The Changing Mind, which looks at the ways the brain actually improves as we age, and how we can help it. 
4/12/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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The ageing brain: it ain't all downhill

Growing older is something we only get to do if we’re lucky, so why are so many of us unenthusiastic about the prospect of ageing? We speak to neuroscientist and author Dan Levitin about his new book The Changing Mind, which looks at the ways the brain actually improves as we age, and how we can help it. 
4/12/202029 minutes, 6 seconds
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A riff on creativity, design, and toys

Design and creativity really can work together. We talk with a design critic and a product design educator who both have an interest in toys - their history, and how they’re created and assessed in the real world. Get your blocks ready to play along. 
4/5/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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A riff on creativity, design, and toys

Design and creativity really can work together. We talk with a design critic and a product design educator who both have an interest in toys - their history, and how they’re created and assessed in the real world. Get your blocks ready to play along. 
4/5/202029 minutes, 7 seconds
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When your eyeballs become audible

There's a condition so bizarre and rare that most doctors haven't even heard of it - it's called Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome and it causes people to hear their blood moving, bones creaking, lungs breathing and even eyeballs moving. It can have a profound impact on a person's life and mental health. So can it be fixed? We go into a hospital operating room to learn about this little-known condition. Warning: this episode contains a description of a surgical operation.
3/29/202028 minutes, 16 seconds
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When your eyeballs become audible

There's a condition so bizarre and rare that most doctors haven't even heard of it - it's called Superior Canal Dehiscence Syndrome and it causes people to hear their blood moving, bones creaking, lungs breathing and even eyeballs moving. It can have a profound impact on a person's life and mental health. So can it be fixed? We go into a hospital operating room to learn about this little-known condition. Warning: this episode contains a description of a surgical operation.
3/29/202028 minutes, 16 seconds
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Brains old, new, and augmented

Believe it or not … a Formula 1 car can be driven by someone just using their brain. We consider the neurogeneration: people who in the future are likely to be using some kind of brain-powered technology to do their job or to extend their knowledge. But we don’t leave the past behind, there’s also a peek into the brain collection of Cornell University.
3/22/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Brains old, new, and augmented

Believe it or not … a Formula 1 car can be driven by someone just using their brain. We consider the neurogeneration: people who in the future are likely to be using some kind of brain-powered technology to do their job or to extend their knowledge. But we don’t leave the past behind, there’s also a peek into the brain collection of Cornell University.
3/22/202028 minutes, 52 seconds
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Contagious behaviour

We all know that certain diseases are contagious, but sometimes behaviour is contagious as well. We take a look at some historical examples—such as the Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962, and the 1518 case of uncontrollable dancing—and we consider what might drive copycat crimes. There's also the possibility of suicide contagion. Trigger warning: this episode touches on the subject of suicide, please take care while listening.
3/15/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Contagious behaviour

We all know that certain diseases are contagious, but sometimes behaviour is contagious as well. We take a look at some historical examples—such as the Tanganyika laughter epidemic of 1962, and the 1518 case of uncontrollable dancing—and we consider what might drive copycat crimes. There's also the possibility of suicide contagion. Trigger warning: this episode touches on the subject of suicide, please take care while listening.
3/15/202029 minutes, 5 seconds
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Habits, and making them stick

Habits are notoriously hard to change—exercising more often, practising calmness, getting healthy—it all takes time and effort. So perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a way to get habits into your routine. We talk with Bernard Balleine, Director of the Decision Neuroscience Lab at UNSW; and with B J Fogg, founder of the Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford University about his new book Tiny Habits. 
3/8/202025 minutes, 16 seconds
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Habits, and making them stick

Habits are notoriously hard to change—exercising more often, practising calmness, getting healthy—it all takes time and effort. So perhaps you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a way to get habits into your routine. We talk with Bernard Balleine, Director of the Decision Neuroscience Lab at UNSW; and with B J Fogg, founder of the Behaviour Design Lab at Stanford University about his new book Tiny Habits. 
3/8/202025 minutes, 16 seconds
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The mind's musical ear

How good are you at imagining or hearing music in your head? Can you think of the tune to ‘Happy Birthday’ and bring the notes to mind without actually singing? We consider the mind’s musical ear and what it reveals about us. And ... earworms—those pesky songs stuck in your head—where they come from and persuading them to leave.