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All In The Mind - ABC RN

All In The Mind - ABC RN

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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Turn on, tune in

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. Early research on the use of ecstasy in the treatment of stress disorders looks promising.
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On happiness?notes from prison

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 Ricketson shares his insights into his personal experience in Prey Sar prison?and his new reflections on the state of happiness. Please note that this episode contains a small amount of strong language
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Getting in touch with our haptic sense

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 has been examined in the past, as well as some speculation on where haptics might go in the future.
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Justice for Juvies

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 centre?but there?s no medication and he doesn?t have to stay. Then he gets the eerie sense that he?s part of an experiment.
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Look up and connect

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 your choice. Live person-to-person connection changes us and the society we live in, so it?s in our best interests to use technology sensibly.
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Psychiatry for the future

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 two psychiatrists, a historian, and a service user. They all can imagine a different future for psychiatry.
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Adventures in sleep

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. 
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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.
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Mental health in Indonesia

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 experience of mental illness, and so did his father?but psychological help was hard to come by. Now Sandy is determined to make a change.
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The silence around schizophrenia

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.
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Why smart people do stupid things

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 decisions of even the brightest minds and talented organisations can backfire.
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Disasters and children's mental health

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.
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Loving Lucy

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 could make sense of her extreme behaviour. But their patience and love for Lucy is extraordinary.
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Dementia, sleep and daydreaming

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 another risk factor. And we hear how, after diagnosis, one person found a meaningful role in breaking down the stigma of dementia.
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A highly superior memory

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.
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The changing face of eating disorders

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 girls and young women, some boys can experience a condition called muscle dysmorphia.
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Loneliness?a social pain

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 fact, it could be as bad for our bodies as smoking. What?s causing this social pain and how can we reconnect with each other?
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All In The Mind presents ... The Parenting Spectrum

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 the right school, and how to help your child embrace their identity and prepare for adulthood.
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Autism and musicals

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 ?The Aspie Hour?. It?s irreverent and funny and it breaks down commonly held misconceptions about autism.
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Facing fears and phobias

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 people never seek help for them, but treatment can be effective. Whether it?s a fear of birds, dogs, heights, or having injections, exposure and virtual reality can assist.
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The power of compassion

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 compassion can soothe your inner critic and make a real difference. It?s known as Compassion Focussed Therapy.
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The post-natal mind

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 went on to discover neuropsychoanalysis?a field which investigates where the brain ends and the mind begins.
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Health in body and mind

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 the crucial connection between body and mind. He shares knowledge from experts and those with lived experience on how to reset your health.
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Psychedelics, addiction, and mental health

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 psychedelic therapy offers a new paradigm for mental health. His other passion is treatment for addiction, and to discover why some of us are more vulnerable than others.
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The autism project

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 wife Rosie raising their 11-year-old son, who may have autism.
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The mystery of the inflamed brain

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 Australian teenager who?s been through the same ordeal?but once treated has survived and thrived.
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Getting sexy with robots

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? Do we want to? And what about the many ethical concerns sex robots raise?
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Shame: the ups and downs

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-esteem
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Creativity and your brain

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.
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Mothering and mental illness

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 emotional instability and is surrounded by stigma. The treatment can make a real difference to the wellbeing of families.
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Synesthesia: seeing sounds, hearing colours

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.
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Carrots, sticks ... and other ways to motivate

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 personal trainer about what works.
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On being a dog

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 get into an MRI machine for a brain scan. He?s now trained 100 dogs to go into the scanner and they think it?s a fun game.
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The art of neurodiversity

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 perceptions of colour and music to create art.
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Neuroscience, consciousness, and leadership

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 build a more ethical, altruistic work environment.
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A mother's story of madness, murder, and love

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 can protect a child in crisis.
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Podcast extra: Layne Beachley talks surf therapy

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.
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The stoke of surf therapy

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 therapeutic benefits of surfing. What is it about being in the ocean that can benefit your mental health? All In The Mind heads to Bondi Beach.
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The extremes of love

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 explores the extremes of love.
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Transitioning to motherhood: Perinatal mental health

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 to support women as they transition to motherhood?
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The Australian Mental Health Prize winners

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.
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The mind's eye

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 image.
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First impressions: the face bias

The science behind our judgement of faces for their trustworthiness, competency, and character.
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Ways to stay alive

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 connecting with others in a similar space.
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Preventing suicide

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.
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The enigma of time

When we?re bored time drags, and wouldn?t you swear that time seems to speed up as you get older? Drawing on the latest insights from psychology and neuroscience we explore the mystery of time perception, it?s connection to our sense of self and how we could be the architect of our own perception of time.
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Ethics and the brave new brain

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, what does this mean for a person?s sense of self, personal responsibility, or privacy?
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Psychedelic plants, culture, and rituals Podcast Extra

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 psychedelic curiosity. She co-founded the organisation Botanical Dimensions with Terence McKenna in 1985.
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Tripping for depression

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 mental illness.
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Psychedelic research in Australia podcast extra

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 Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).
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