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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.


Meditation for the collective good
Oct 19 • 29 min
Is an enlightened planet possible? Co-writers of a new film and book called The Portal say it is—through the power of collective meditation. They share personal stories of inspiring individuals who have come through adversity by reflecting inwards, using
Empathy for mental health through the arts
Oct 12 • 29 min
The Big Anxiety festival uses the arts and lived experience to re-imagine mental health. Through creativity and innovative technology, empathy replaces fear and stigma. Virtual reality worlds open up to an optimistic future and offer insight from ancient
A roller-coaster of emotion—Borderline Personality Disorder
Oct 5 • 29 min
Gabby was on an emotional roller-coaster, feeling empty and needy. After lashing out in anger, she’d regret it and say sorry over and over again. Her partner, Eliza, felt like she was walking on eggshells, always fearful of arousing Gabby’s intense emotio
Autism and superheroes
Sep 28 • 29 min
When Tim was 11 years old he created his own superhero. Laser Beak Man now appears in colourful artworks showing Tim’s unique sense of humour connected to his literal understanding of language. And when Oakley was 5 years old he drew a pirate, inspiring h
A memoir on drugs and addiction
Sep 21 • 29 min
Meet an Australian philosopher and cultural analyst who spent 20 years of his life addicted to just about every drug you could imagine. His best work was done when he was enveloped in haze of cannabis smoke, he prowled local pharmacies to score large dose
Anxiety - and the ‘worry bully’
Sep 14 • 29 min
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
Inside talking therapy
Sep 7 • 29 min
The art of talking and listening in therapy can be powerful and transformative. The talking cure has changed since Freudian psychoanalysis, but evidence is building that the therapeutic relationship can have deep and lasting benefits. Two leading psychoth
Indigenous language and perception
Aug 31 • 29 min
Our perception of the world is significantly affected by the language we speak. Indigenous languages from around Australia pose a vastly different perspective of the world than that of English. We explore how these languages influence perceptions of self,
Your attention, please!
Aug 24 • 29 min
Are you paying attention? It’s not as simple as it sounds because our focus is constantly being pulled in different directions. Good attention skills are crucial for the development of other cognitive abilities, but a concerning number of children have di
Creativity and the A-ha moment
Aug 17 • 25 min
Watson and Crick saw the structure of DNA in a spiral staircase, and Newton understood gravity in the falling of an apple—but all human beings regularly experience flashes of inspiration, seemingly out of nowhere. Insight researchers want to know more abo
Telomeres, trauma, and mindfulness
Aug 10 • 29 min
The connection between our minds and bodies determines our health and well-being, and the rate at which our cells age and die can be influenced by lifestyle choices. We hear about keeping our genes in good order by protecting our telomeres—a buffer zone a
Tripping for depression
Aug 3 • 29 min
In 1966, as a reaction to disturbing reports of people having bad trips, the psychedelic drug LSD was banned in the U.S. Now some scientists are seeing promising results from studies into the therapeutic benefits of using psychedelic drugs to treat mental
Turn on, tune in
Jul 27 • 28 min
Turn on, tune in, and drop out … that was the catchcry 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.
On happiness—notes from prison
Jul 20 • 29 min
Picture this—an Australian journalist sitting near a squat toilet under the only light in the prison cell he shares with 140 others, writing pages of notes about happiness. After 15 months in a notorious Cambodian prison, for a crime he denies, James Rick
Getting in touch with our haptic sense
Jul 13 • 28 min
Do you prefer ‘vibrate on’ or ‘vibrate off’? Well, either way—heads up, as we explore the world of haptics. To get the best information from whatever you choose to touch, haptic sensing involves a lot of neural effort. We’ll hear about how this sensing ha
Justice for Juvies
Jul 6 • 29 min
Criminal lawyer Sarah Hopkins’ novel The Subjects is about the overcriminalisation and overmedicalisation of young people—and her innovative ideas for youth justice. The protagonist, Daniel, is 16-years-old and has just arrived at a Juvie delinquent centr
Look up and connect
Jun 29 • 28 min
When you’re waiting in a queue there are various ways to bide your time: chat to someone, gaze off into the distance, or check your phone. The science of human interaction tells us that the impact on your brain and body is vastly different depending on yo
Psychiatry for the future
Jun 22 • 29 min
It could be that the profession of psychiatry needs a revolution. A UK medical doctor with experience in mental health feels that we’re still trying to understand and come to terms with mental health issues—and how best to provide treatment. He talks with
Adventures in sleep
Jun 15 • 28 min
At night our brain can have adventures. Even if they’re fully asleep, some people end up sleep walking or even sleep driving! The neuroscience of nightmares and dreaming—and what they can tell us about the workings of our brain.
The power of social norms—rules to make or break?
Jun 8 • 29 min
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 betw
Mental health in Indonesia
Jun 1 • 29 min
Mental health is a major and highly stigmatised problem in Indonesia. Some villages still practise ‘pasung’ where the mentally ill are kept in cages separate from the family home—because of a taboo. Indonesian PhD candidate Sandy Onie had his own lived ex
The silence around schizophrenia
May 25 • 30 min
What’s the scariest word in the English language? Still highly stigmatised, schizophrenia is the illness that we dare not speak about openly, and this silence may get in the way of recovery.
Why smart people do stupid things
May 18 • 29 min
Smart people are not only just as prone to making mistakes as everyone else—they may even be more susceptible to them. This idea has been dubbed the Intelligence Trap. It explains the flaws in our understanding of intelligence and expertise, and how the d
Disasters and children’s mental health
May 11 • 29 min
Traumatic events such as mass shootings and natural disasters can cause high proportion of children to suffer mental health problems. We hear how to equip adults to minimise the impact of trauma on children.
Loving Lucy
May 4 • 29 min
Parenting can be tough—even when your child is considered so-called ‘normal’. Nine-year-old Lucy looks like a curly haired angel, but she’s often strangely manipulative and physically violent. Her mum and dad are still searching for a diagnosis which coul
Dementia, sleep and daydreaming
Apr 27 • 29 min
Dementia affects around 450,000 Australians, and it comes in hundreds of forms. New research reveals that one form of dementia takes away the ability to daydream, and this has implications for improved care. Sleep disruption in middle age also emerges as
A highly superior memory
Apr 20 • 28 min
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
The changing face of eating disorders
Apr 13 • 29 min
In a world fixated on how we look and what we eat, it’s not surprising that body dissatisfaction represents an increasing mental health issue—and it affects all body types, genders, and ages. Whilst anorexia nervosa is still a significant condition for gi
Loneliness—a social pain
Apr 6 • 28 min
Loneliness is a growing issue around the world, and a recent national survey reveals that 1 in 4 Australians are lonely. Research also shows that loneliness can have a profound impact not just on our mental health but on our physical health as well. In fa
All In The Mind presents … The Parenting Spectrum
Apr 1 • 22 min
We would like to share with you an excerpt from a new ABC podcast called The Parenting Spectrum. A show about autism and family life—hosted by Fiona Churchman, Travis Saunders, and their son Patch.They explore issues like safety, lack of sleep, finding th
Autism and musicals
Mar 30 • 29 min
Sophie and Ryan are both on the autism spectrum, and they call themselves ‘Aspies’ even though Asperger’s is no longer an official diagnosis. They also share a passion—even an obsession—for musical theatre, so they’ve teamed up to create a cabaret called
Facing fears and phobias
Mar 23 • 28 min
Would you be comfortable with a Huntsman spider crawling on your arm, or a python slithering over your shoulder? Not many of us would, but when this discomfort causes you so much anxiety that it interferes with your daily life – it’s become a phobia. Many
The power of compassion
Mar 16 • 29 min
Imagine somebody being critical of you, putting you down every day. That can be depressing. What’s more, if you do it to yourself over a long period it can cause changes in your brain, your body, and your feelings. Some psychologists say that a focus on c
The post-natal mind
Mar 9 • 29 min
After the birth of her first child Nicola Redhouse experienced unrelenting post-natal anxiety. She’d grown up in a household steeped in psychoanalytic thought and had expected to gain insight from the Freudian concept of the unconscious mind. Instead she
Health in body and mind
Mar 2 • 29 min
Conditions such as depression, anxiety, obesity, diabetes, and gut problems are common in Australia. British TV presenter Dr. Michael Mosley, who’s known for his Fast diet and exercise programs, says there are effective preventive measures which highlight
Psychedelics, addiction, and mental health
Feb 23 • 29 min
Psychedelic drugs were banned in the US in the late 1960s, which ended the flourishing research into their potential for treating mental illness. Now a leading professor from Imperial College London is re-visiting the field. He’s convinced that psychedeli
The autism project
Feb 16 • 29 min
Socially awkward Professor Don Tillman was the protagonist in the best-selling novel The Rosie Project, a book which built awareness of and helped to reduce the stigma around autism. The final book in author Graeme Simsion’s Rosie trilogy has Don and his
The mystery of the inflamed brain
Feb 9 • 29 min
The Netflix drama ‘Brain on Fire is the story of a young woman in the U.S. who suddenly develops severe psychiatric symptoms. Some clever detective work reveals that she has a rare and mysterious condition causing brain inflammation. We hear from an Austr
Getting sexy with robots
Feb 2 • 31 min
Sex robots are here to stay and the technology is developing fast. From the ancient Greeks to the latest science fiction, robots in human form have captured our imagination, but is it possible to form intimate relationships with these inanimate objects? D
Shame: the ups and downs
Jan 26 • 29 min
Embarrassment, guilt, or remorse are difficult emotions and most of us avoid. These excruciating shameful feelings are often masked by addiction, self-loathing or narcissism, but shame can also help uphold societal values, and even help build our self-est
Creativity and your brain
Jan 20 • 29 min
We humans have ‘creative software’ in our brains—so says neuroscientist and author David Eagleman. We’re driven to invent and innovate, yet at the same time we’re attracted to the familiar—and our creativity lives in that tension.
Mothering and mental illness
Jan 13 • 31 min
Having children can be wonderful but there’s no doubt that parenting can be challenging, especially for women with mental illness. We hear about the lives of mothers diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder—it’s a disorder defined by extreme emotion
Synesthesia: seeing sounds, hearing colours
Jan 6 • 50 min
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
Carrots, sticks … and other ways to motivate
Dec 30, 2018 • 29 min
What does it take to drag yourself off the couch and get motivated on a fitness regime? In all areas of life, to be well motivated we need to feel autonomous and find our own internal rewards. We hear from a renowned motivational psychologist and a person
On being a dog
Dec 23, 2018 • 38 min
If you love your pet dog, do they love you? This question intrigued Professor of Neuroscience Gregory Berns. He wanted to know what it’s really like to be a dog—if they feel the same emotions and have similar thoughts to us. So he persuaded his own dog to
The art of neurodiversity
Dec 16, 2018 • 28 min
Neurodiversity is a radical social movement challenging the notion of what’s normal and what’s a disorder. What better place to explore neurodiversity than in the arts and theatre—we hear from actors on the autism spectrum and a synesthete using her perce
Neuroscience, consciousness, and leadership
Dec 9, 2018 • 28 min
The recent revolution in technology allows us to peer into the mind as never before—says Dr. Hannah Critchlow. She’s explored what neuroscience can tell us about consciousness, free will, and fate. she’s also investigated the neuroscience leadership to bu
A mother’s story of madness, murder, and love
Dec 2, 2018 • 29 min
One Sunday afternoon Mary Pershall received a devastating call from the police that her daughter Anna had murdered someone. Anna had struggled throughout her life with mental illness and drug addiction, and the tragic event lead Mary to ask how society ca
Podcast extra: Layne Beachley talks surf therapy
Nov 25, 2018 • 13 min
Seven-time world surfing champion Layne Beachley discusses the mental health challenges she’s faced in her life, how the ocean and surfing have been emotionally healing for her, and the benefits of surf therapy for mental wellbeing.
The stoke of surf therapy
Nov 25, 2018 • 29 min
You might have seen Australian surfers decked out in fluro gear raising awareness for mental health. The OneWave community is all about increasing the visibility of mental illness — and it’s part of a growing international community exploring the therapeu
The extremes of love
Nov 18, 2018 • 28 min
From old fashioned ‘lovesickness’ to sex addiction, obsession, and jealousy — how does society decide what’s normal in love? Drawing on the latest scientific research into the mechanisms underlying love and romantic attachment, a leading psychotherapist e
Transitioning to motherhood: Perinatal mental health
Nov 11, 2018 • 29 min
Pregnancy and early parenthood is an exciting and rewarding time — but for many families, it brings about unexpected challenges. In Australia, one in five expecting or new mums will experience anxiety or depression, some experience both. What’s being done
The Australian Mental Health Prize winners
Nov 4, 2018 • 28 min
Janne McMahon has drawn on her own lived experience of mental illness to advocate for patient-centred care. Professor Gavin Andrews introduced cognitive behaviour therapy to Australia. Meet the dual winners of the 2018 Australian Mental Health Prize.
The mind’s eye
Oct 28, 2018 • 33 min
Picture an apple. Now picture your favourite character from a novel. And now a loved one’s face. Can you see those images in your mind’s eye? Some people can’t because they have a condition called aphantasia which disrupts their ability to create a mental
First impressions: the face bias
Oct 21, 2018 • 28 min
The science behind our judgement of faces for their trustworthiness, competency, and character.
Ways to stay alive
Oct 14, 2018 • 31 min
When you’re overwhelmed by distressing feelings and big emotions, it can feel lonely, particularly if you can’t find the help you need in the mental health system. Alternative grassroots approaches to staying alive are now being explored, which focus on c
Preventing suicide
Oct 7, 2018 • 30 min
Each year, around 3,000 people in Australia die at their own hand. More young people die by suicide than in car accidents, and Indigenous Australians are more than twice as likely to take their own lives. Hear some of the latest thinking in prevention.
The enigma of time
Sep 30, 2018 • 28 min
When we’re bored time drags, and wouldn’t you swear that time seems to speed up as you get older? Drawing on the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience we explore the mystery of time perception, it’s connection to our sense of self and how we co
Ethics and the brave new brain
Sep 23, 2018 • 32 min
Advances in neuroscience and AI could revolutionise medicine but they also pose significant ethical and social challenges. If a brain computer interface can allow a blind person to see, or restore speech to those who’ve lost the ability to communicate, wh
Psychedelic plants, culture, and rituals Podcast Extra
Sep 16, 2018 • 22 min
Kathleen Harrison is an ethnobotanist studying the relationship between plants, people, and culture. She’s worked throughout Latin America since the 1960s and informed by long relationships with indigenous healers, naturalists, and her own decades of psyc
Tripping for depression
Sep 16, 2018 • 30 min
In 1966, as a reaction to disturbing reports of people having bad trips, the Psychedelic drug LSD was banned in the U.S. But now some scientists are seeing promising results from studies into the therapeutic benefits of using psychedelic drugs to treat me
Psychedelic research in Australia podcast extra
Sep 10, 2018 • 12 min
The not-for-profit association Psychedelic Research in Science and Medicine Incorporated (PRISM) was set up over 7 years ago to initiate and progress psychedelic medical research in Australia. PRISM is currently collaborating with the USA-based Multidisci
MDMA—its potential therapeutic use podcast extra
Sep 10, 2018 • 12 min
Some exciting news was published earlier this year in the Psychiatric Journal JAMA, about the potential mental health benefits of psychedelic drug research. It’s likely that within the next 5 years researchers will know whether the psychoactive drug commo
Turn on, tune in
Sep 9, 2018 • 28 min
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.
Mothering and mental illness
Sep 2, 2018 • 32 min
Having children can be wonderful but there’s no doubt that parenting can be challenging, especially for women with mental illness. We hear about the lives of mothers diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder—it’s a disorder defined by extreme emotion
The art of empathy
Aug 26, 2018 • 29 min
Empathy is the power of understanding other people, which in turn allows societies to co-operate and function. But a leading British media executive is concerned that it’s lacking in today’s society, and that the arts and popular culture can bridge the ga
Memory loss and identity
Aug 19, 2018 • 34 min
Our memories form the basis of our sense of self. When a brain disorder damages memory, it’s not clear what remains of the person when some of those memories are missing. A neurologist from the UK explores memory and identity through the moving stories of
Carrots, sticks … and other ways to motivate
Aug 12, 2018 • 28 min
What does it take to drag yourself off the couch and get motivated on a fitness regime? In all areas of life, to be well motivated we need to feel autonomous and find our own internal rewards. We hear from a renowned motivational psychologist and a person
The mental health of refugees
Aug 5, 2018 • 30 min
When refugees first arrive in Australia they’re understandably relieved to be relatively safe. But significant trauma—from their past as well as the daily stresses of their lives here—can cause real disruption to their wellbeing. Top 5 scientist in reside
Depression and your sense of self
Jul 29, 2018 • 28 min
If you’ve ever been depressed you may have wondered—is this the real me? And if anti-depressants work for you, do they get you back in touch with who you really are or make you feel more inauthentic? The findings from a University of Cambridge study sugge
Leadership in mind
Jul 22, 2018 • 30 min
We’re so bombarded by our mobile devices that our ability to pay attention is declining—and extensive research on leadership shows a crisis of engagement in the workforce. Leaders are not satisfying their employees’ needs to find engagement in what they d
On being a dog
Jul 15, 2018 • 38 min
If you love your pet dog, do they love you? This question intrigued Professor of Neuroscience Gregory Berns. He wanted to know what it’s really like to be a dog—if they feel the same emotions and have similar thoughts to us. So he persuaded his own dog to
Tics, twitches, and Tourette’s
Jul 8, 2018 • 28 min
Adam Ladell was delighted to be runner-up in The Voice on Australian TV a few years ago. He’s a talented and confident singer—but offstage it’s a slightly different story. He caused a stir at school with his involuntary repetitive movements and loud, inap
Optimism and hope—with Martin Seligman
Jul 1, 2018 • 28 min
Are you an optimist or a pessimist? Optimism may protect you from depression. But pessimism could be roughly equivalent to smoking more than 2 packs of cigarettes a day. Known as The Father of Positive Psychology, Professor Martin Seligman continues his t
Positive psychology—with Martin Seligman
Jun 24, 2018 • 28 min
During the 1960s the field of psychology focussed on the science of how past trauma creates present symptoms, and how to reduce people’s misery. Professor Martin Seligman wanted to change that focus. He’s become known as the Father of Positive Psychology,
Synesthesia and art
Jun 17, 2018 • 28 min
Throughout art history we see a culture of expanded perceptions from artists like Kandinsky, to musicians like Duke Ellington. Artist Nina Norden sees colours and shapes in association with just about everything she experiences. In fact, she can’t imagine
Synesthesia: seeing sounds, hearing colours
Jun 10, 2018 • 50 min
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
Strange brains and rare perceptions
Jun 3, 2018 • 28 min
We take it for granted that we have a common understanding of the world. But there are some rare and strange brain disorders which offer a very different insight into our very existence. Their experiences and the latest research illustrate how the brain c
Epilepsy and seizure prediction
May 27, 2018 • 28 min
If you’ve ever witnessed someone having an epileptic seizure you’ll know how frightening it is. And if you have epilepsy you’ll know that the unpredictability of seizures severely impacts your life. It’s like an ‘electrical problem’ in your brain. Researc
Creativity and your brain
May 20, 2018 • 30 min
We humans have ‘creative software’ in our brains—so says neuroscientist and author David Eagleman. We’re driven to invent and innovate, yet at the same time we’re attracted to the familiar—and our creativity lives in that tension.
Memories and fears panel discussion from Big Ideas
May 14, 2018 • 54 min
An extra from All in the Mind—and RN’s Big Ideas program with a panel discussion moderated by Lynne Malcolm. From at the 2018 World Science Festival—Probing the Eternal Sunshine: Memories and Fears.
Ready for revolution—the psychology of protest
May 13, 2018 • 28 min
May 1968 saw over a million people protesting on the streets of Paris. Some say it caused a social revolution, and things were never the same again. We look at extensive research on protest behaviour, and what makes community action effective.
Women’s brain business
May 6, 2018 • 29 min
The brain is shaped and changed by our lives, our genes, and our hormones. Neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay investigates the influence of female biology and hormones on the brains of women as they move through key stages of life.
Compassion therapy for voice-hearing
Apr 29, 2018 • 40 min
We all have different sides to ourselves. The angry self, the anxious self, the sad self … and then there’s the compassionate self. We head to a workshop which explores the power of cultivating compassion in those who hear voices, and in their therapists.
The believing brain
Apr 22, 2018 • 29 min
Billions of people across the world and throughout time have held strong metaphysical beliefs—whether religious in nature, or more supernatural or spiritual. This year’s World Science Festival dared to ask what science can tell us about religion, spiritua
The kids of today
Apr 15, 2018 • 28 min
Some surprises from the updated results of a famous psychological test involving marshmallows—and, when it comes to mood and happiness, teens of today may be on the brink of a mental health crisis—due to the widespread use of smart technology.
Letting go of dad
Apr 11, 2018 • 7 min
All in the Mind would like to share with you a story from the ABC podcast Tall Tales and True. Vanessa O’Neill tells the story about being with her father as he gradually declined due to Alzheimer’s disease. It was a long, drawn-out period of grief, for t
Placebo power
Apr 8, 2018 • 36 min
The placebo effect demonstrates that the mind-body interaction can be powerful. Placebos can turn on the body’s natural biological processes to relieve a range of conditions, and in the future deception may not even be necessary.
Adventures with smart pills and brain hacks
Apr 1, 2018 • 28 min
How far would you go to reveal your true, super-smart inner self? Athletes have used substances and techniques to enhance their performance physically. Now there are ways to boost your intelligence—which we don’t suggest you try it at home. But David Adam
The art of neurodiversity
Mar 25, 2018 • 28 min
Neurodiversity is a radical social movement challenging the notion of what’s normal and what’s a disorder. What better place to explore neurodiversity than in the arts and theatre—we hear from actors on the autism spectrum and a synesthete using her perce
Podcast extra—MDMA and its potential therapeutic use
Mar 21, 2018 • 12 min
Some exciting news has just been published in the Psychiatric Journal JAMA about the potential mental health benefits of psychedelic drug research. It’s likely that within the next 5 years researchers will know whether the psychoactive drug commonly know
Trauma, memory, and mental health
Mar 18, 2018 • 28 min
Trauma has a deep impact on the lives of survivors. It’s associated with mental and physical health problems, including substance abuse, and neuroscience is showing that a traumatic memory is quite different from a normal memory. Mental health services no
Super-recognisers
Mar 11, 2018 • 28 min
Do you never forget a face? You might be pretty good—but are you a super-recogniser? Research is trying to identify our face recognition abilities, and how we compare to those of a computer algorithm.
Frontiers of the changeable brain
Mar 4, 2018 • 28 min
If something goes wrong with the brain we often assume that things can’t change much—especially with extreme conditions. But neuroplasticity, and the almost limitless capacity of the brain to remould itself, is beginning to turn that assumption on its hea
BPD and healing relationships
Feb 25, 2018 • 28 min
Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness which causes deep pain and tumultuous relationships. But there is good therapy.
Borderline Personality Disorder: stigma to strength
Feb 18, 2018 • 28 min
Borderline Personality Disorder is the cause of deep pain—yet it is steeped in stigma and often not thought of as a legitimate disorder. But with good treatment it’s possible to live a normal and full life.
A highly superior memory
Feb 11, 2018 • 28 min
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
The scientist, the monk, and Ruby Wax
Feb 4, 2018 • 28 min
Comedian Ruby Wax has teamed up with a Buddhist monk and a neuroscientist to explore how the mind works—and have a laugh at the same time. Ruby talks about her experience of depression, and whether her traumatic upbringing relates to her hilarious take on
Craving
Jan 28, 2018 • 28 min
Most of us are vulnerable to forming bad habits and addictive behaviours— to binge eat, to smoke, take harmful drugs, or over-exercise. But if we better understood our craving mind we could mend our ways.
What’s in a face? Prosopagnosia
Jan 21, 2018 • 28 min
The faces of our friends and family are instantly recognisable to us—but about 1 in 50 of us say that looking at a face is like looking at a brick wall.