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Animal minds

2013-06-23 :: ABC Radio National

Ants can teach, rats have a sense of humour, chimpanzees can deceive and elephants grieve. Fascinating research now shows that the cognitive and emotional processes of animals are far more sophisticated than we once thought.…

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The anatomy of violence

2013-06-16 :: ABC Radio National

What turns someone to violent crime? We discuss the biological roots of crime and how they interact with social factors.…

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Drama therapy

2013-06-09 :: ABC Radio National

The power of drama and theatre to change and heal.…

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The psychology of paedophilia

2013-06-02 :: ABC Radio National

The psychology of paedophilia. Are there differences in the brains of paedophiles or is attraction to children on a universal continuum, controlled only by socialisation?…

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Ruby's Sane World (video)

2013-05-26 :: ABC Radio National

Comedian Ruby Wax speaks about why our minds can send us mad and how we can rewire our thinking.  …

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Linking body and mind

2013-05-19 :: ABC Radio National

Young people with severe mental illness have a 15–20 years lower life expectancy than the general population. We hear the story of a young man who after a psychotic episode put on 30kg. Now he’s back to surfing, with the help of an innovative mental health program which links mind and body.…

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Curiosity

2013-05-12 :: ABC Radio National

Are you a curious explorer? Curiosity is the missing ingredient in our search for a more fulfilling life, says Todd Kashdan.…

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On the spectrum

2013-05-05 :: ABC Radio National

Being diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome makes a big difference to some people’s lives—providing them with an identity and an explanation for their daily challenges. The latest version of the psychiatric Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DSM V) which is due out this month does away with a separate category for Asperger's. In this program we get an insight into being on the autism spectrum and what impact the changes to the criteria may have.…

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The Social Brain

2013-04-28 :: ABC Radio National

For most people the ability to interact and communicate with each other seems almost second nature—but for those with a condition on the autism spectrum social skills can be difficult to grasp and challenging. We hear from the pioneering autism researcher from the UK Uta Frith and neuroscientist Chris Frith about what autism and Asperger's Syndrome can teach us about our Social Brain. …

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Monkey Mind

2013-04-21 :: ABC Radio National

Do you have a monkey mind? New Yorker Daniel Smith does. He says chronic anxiety is the only mental disorder which can be both excruciatingly painful and funny at the same time.…

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Subliminal: the new unconscious

2013-01-05 :: ABC Radio National

Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist who’s turned his mind to the unconscious. Not the unconscious mind of Freudian fame which was examined through psychoanalysis in the 19th century – but a new science of the unconscious made possible by technologies which reveal the physiology of our brains. We discuss the hidden forces that rule our behaviour. …

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Remembering together

2012-12-29 :: ABC Radio National

We feel we should be able to recall all sorts of things at will—but how often do our individual memories fail us? As part of a study on social memory, a group of cognitive psychologists and philosophers heard the shared histories of long term married couples to investigate how they combine their memories. The strategies they use could help people with dementia.…

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Orchids, dandelions and an intriguing set of genes

2012-12-22 :: ABC Radio National

Are you a sensitive flower -- like a vulnerable orchid, or more like a hardy dandelion? We explore the intriguing orchid–dandelion hypothesis which suggests that the genes that underlie our greatest weakness may also be the basis for our most positive traits, given the right environment.…

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Memory: The Thread of Life

2012-12-15 :: ABC Radio National

Memory – it’s the thread that runs through our lives. Psychologists are finding that the way we talk with our young children affects their early memories and we hear why we soon forget what we learn when we cram for an exam.…

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The Science of Compassion

2012-12-08 :: ABC Radio National

James Doty emerged from a disadvantaged background in the United States to become a neurosurgeon, an entrepreneur and a philanthropist—only to let his fortune go and dedicate his professional life to the scientific study of compassion and altruism.…

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The Psychology of Cults

2012-12-01 :: ABC Radio National

If you sign up to a weekend personal development workshop, you don’t really expect to emerge 10 years later a shadow of your former emotional self. What sets many groups apart from what we regard as cults is a range of powerful psychological techniques which can be difficult to see through—particularly if you are at a vulnerable time of your life. We hear the story of one woman’s escape from a cult and some insights into those persuasive techniques…

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Hypnotic delusion

2012-11-24 :: ABC Radio National

Ever heard of Cotard's delusion – the belief that you are dead, or Capgras delusion – that your loved one is an imposter?  These persistent beliefs can have serious consequences. In some fascinating work, researchers at Macquarie University are now using hypnosis to recreate some delusions in healthy volunteers in the lab, to help understand and treat them more effectively.  And Lynne Malcolm finds out if she’s hypnotisable.…

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A history of memory (online only)

2012-11-17 :: ABC Radio National

For centuries scientists have grappled with the concept of memory—what is it, how does it work and can we really rely on it? US historian Alison Winter traces the history of the way we have conceptualised memory—from the use of truth serums and hypnotism to the science of forgetting. She describes the way memory has been compared to filing cabinets, flashbulbs and motion pictures over the past century.…

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Born this way: gender identity

2012-11-10 :: ABC Radio National

Craig now lives as a man, and Julie lives as a woman. They have no doubts about their gender identity. The science now says it's reflected in the brain.…

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Art, science and schizophrenia

2012-11-03 :: ABC Radio National

Many heads are now coming together to improve the lives of those who experience schizophrenia. Join Lynne Malcolm for this public discussion on art, science and schizophrenia.…

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How language shapes thought

2012-10-27 :: ABC Radio National

New empirical research suggests that language has a powerful influence over the way we think and perceive the world.…

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The bilingual brain

2012-10-20 :: ABC Radio National

We explore how speaking more than one language influences our cognitive capacity.…

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How children learn best

2012-10-13 :: ABC Radio National

Dr Judy Willis applies new knowledge in neuroscience to develop better learning strategies for children.…

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Changing your brain

2012-10-06 :: ABC Radio National

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young tells the inspiring story of how she overcame her severe learning difficulties with specific brain exercises. We also hear the moving accounts of two Australians who’ve taken a leaf out of her book.…

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Are we getting smarter

2012-07-08 :: ABC Radio National

Are we getting smarter? We know our IQ scores have been steadily rising since we began measuring intelligence, but that’s not the full story. Moral philosopher James Flynn joins us to tackle the controversial questions of IQ in relation to race, gender and class. …

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Subliminal: the new unconscious

2012-07-01 :: ABC Radio National

Leonard Mlodinow is a theoretical physicist who’s turned his mind to the unconscious. Not the unconscious mind of Freudian fame which was examined through psychoanalysis in the 19th century – but a new science of the unconscious made possible by technologies which reveal the physiology of our brains. We discuss the hidden forces that rule our behaviour. …

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The other end of shyness

2012-06-24 :: ABC Radio National

Do you privately shake with nerves or shyly blush when the attention is on you? Most people experience some form of shyness but others are so immobilised by the fear of being judged negatively that they can barely function. Social phobia is the third most common mental illness after depression and substance abuse. We hear about one woman's 20 year struggle with social anxiety and some recent scientific findings about the brain activity associated with this disorder.…

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i-Disorder: the psychology of technology

2012-06-17 :: ABC Radio National

Keeping up with phone calls, sms messages, Facebook updates, tweets ... sometimes it feels like technology rules our lives. Psychology of technology researcher Dr Larry Rosen warns that our technology is causing us to develop symptoms of disorders such as narcissistic personality disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. He points out the warning signs of what he calls 'i-disorders' and suggests some strategies to maintain our humanity.…

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Young minds, the highs and lows

2012-06-10 :: ABC Radio National

Adolescence and young adulthood is a time of life dominated by highs and lows – it’s part of normal development, but it’s also the time when people are at greatest risk of developing mental illness. We hear about some new approaches to assisting young people when they are at the most vulnerable. …

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Behind the Shock Machine

2012-06-03 :: ABC Radio National

In 1961 Stanley Milgram conducted a controversial series of experiments which were said to show that we're all capable of evil in certain circumstances. Many of the participants are still traumatised. This is a panel discussion about the lessons and ethics of these experiments..…

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Remembering together

2012-05-27 :: ABC Radio National

We feel we should be able to recall all sorts of things at will—but how often do our individual memories fail us? As part of a study on social memory, a group of cognitive psychologists and philosophers heard the shared histories of long term married couples to investigate how they combine their memories. The strategies they use could help people with dementia.…

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The Creating Brain: reaching Xanadu

2012-05-20 :: ABC Radio National

Is there anything different about the brains of extraordinary creative geniuses like Michelangelo, Coleridge or Mozart? World renowned psychiatrist and doctor of English Renaissance Literature Dr Nancy Andreasen unravels the 'creative brain' and explores how we can foster creativity in ourselves and throughout our society.…

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A history of memory

2012-05-13 :: ABC Radio National

For centuries scientists have grappled with the concept of memory—what is it, how does it work and can we really rely on it? US historian Alison Winter traces the history of the way we have conceptualised memory—from the use of truth serums and hypnotism to the science of forgetting. She describes the way memory has been compared to filing cabinets, flashbulbs and motion pictures over the past century.…

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Our emotional brain

2012-05-06 :: ABC Radio National

Pioneering neuroscientist Richard Davidson deepens our understanding of the mind-body connection. He’s identified six unique emotional styles and explains the brain chemistry underlying them. He explains that there are simple strategies and interventions which we can use to change our emotional styles. He believes one effective example is through mindfulness meditation, after studying the brain scans of people who practise it.…

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I hurt myself: the secrecy of self harm

2012-04-29 :: ABC Radio National

According to a large study on self injury conducted in 2008 by the University of Queensland, 220,000 Australians injured themselves deliberately, without meaning to suicide, in the month prior to the survey. For some people, hurting themselves is a way of coping with overwhelming psychological pain. In this program we hear about what mental processes go on behind this behaviour and we hear from a young woman who openly shares her experience of self injury in order to educate health workers about the best ways to treat people like her.…

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Orchids, dandelions and an intriguing set of genes

2012-04-22 :: ABC Radio National

Are you a sensitive flower -- like a vulnerable orchid, or more like a hardy dandelion? We explore the intriguing orchid–dandelion hypothesis which suggests that the genes that underlie our greatest weakness may also be the basis for our most positive traits, given the right environment.…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 7: The Marco Polo of Neuroscience - V.S Ramachandran

2012-01-20 :: ABC Radio National

Natasha Mitchell has interviewed many of the world’s most celebrated thinkers on the mind over the past decade, and one the most creative is acclaimed neuroscientist and polymath of the brain Professor V.S Ramachandran. Next week, All in the Mind swaps shows and slots for a season of an exciting new show The Body Sphere hosted by Amanda Smith. In April, All in the Mind returns for a season, presented by Lynne Malcolm. Body and mind hook up on ABC Radio National! 5pm Sundays, 1pm Mondays. Natasha Mitchell will now be hosting our national daily program Life Matters each weekday morning.…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 6: The Power of Forgiveness

2012-01-13 :: ABC Radio National

Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela was on South Africa's historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chairing many of its tortuous public hearings about atrocities committed in the apartheid era. In an unprecedented dialogue she met with one of apartheid's most abhorrent killers, in jail, to explore forgiveness, psychological redemption and the symbolic language of trauma.…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 5: The Banyan

2012-01-06 :: ABC Radio National

All in the Mind is turning 10, and over the decade we've taken you across the globe to discover how the mind and its discontents are profoundly shaped by culture. A chance to meet again the incredible women of The Banyan in India - with stories of triumph amongst the deepest despair.…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 4: Brave New Brain

2011-12-30 :: ABC Radio National

Celebrate All in the Mind's tenth birthday! Over the decade the show has tracked some of the provocative technological developments and ethical debates about our state of mind. From stem cell therapy to the spectre of animal-human chimeras or cyborgian selves...we love to get heady and technical!…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 3: Getting Personal

2011-12-23 :: ABC Radio National

As All in the Mind turns 10, we're digging into the archives to get personal. It's a celebration of the neuro-narrative. Meet Electroboy, poet Sandy Jeffs...encounter a brain surgery and be moved by stories of life, loss and love.…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 2: Are You Conscious?

2011-12-16 :: ABC Radio National

All in the Mind started with Zombies back in 2002...not of the Day of the Living Dead kind, but the philosophical variety! Celebrate All in the Mind's 10th birthday with us. This week, Natasha revisits the great conundrum of human consciousness with leading thinkers - it's a problem that continues to stump the brightest minds.…

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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 1: Getting Sexy

2011-12-09 :: ABC Radio National

It's 10 years since Natasha Mitchell started All in the Mind and we're digging into the archives for you! This week, getting sexy in true adolescent spirit - the perplexing case of the female orgasm, getting your kicks in a brain scanner, and is the sex between your ears more important than the sex between your legs!?…

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Mind the gap! The seduction of the synapse

2011-12-02 :: ABC Radio National

Bah! All that talk about brain cells and grey matter!  Let’s focus on where the real interesting action is inside your head: the connections between your brain cells—synapses. From the ancient past to the frenzied future—it's all about making connections.…

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A personal tour: Sigmund Freud's Vienna

2011-11-25 :: ABC Radio National

In the 50 years before he emigrated to escape the Nazis, Sigmund Freud, his wife Martha and six children lived and worked in the house at Berggasse 19 in Vienna. His most famous works were penned there, his most famous patients bared their 'souls' there. Join Natasha Mitchell for a personal tour through the archives of the Fin de Siecle mind.…

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2011-11-19 The case for moral enhancement - 2011 Adelaide Festival of Ideas.

2011-11-18
Length: 29m 28s

Oxford-based, Australian bioethicist Julian Savulescu is a provocateur. He's argued the case for a 'new eugenics' and that we have a moral obligation to pursue human perfection. Now he thinks we should be using science and technology for moral enhancement…

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The case for moral enhancement - 2011 Adelaide Festival of Ideas

2011-11-18 :: ABC Radio National

Oxford-based, Australian bioethicist Julian Savulescu is a provocateur. He's argued the case for a 'new eugenics' and that we have a moral obligation to pursue human perfection. Now he thinks we should be using science and technology for moral enhancement itself. Could the future of humanity depend on it?…

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2011-11-12 Loneliness: breaking the taboo

2011-11-11
Length: 29m 58s

Loneliness has been with Emily White for as long as she can remember. Smart, savvy, popular - none of this has inoculated her against 'the ghost in her life'. Her memoir is an encounter with the emerging, powerful science of loneliness, and a taboo like f…

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Loneliness: breaking the taboo

2011-11-11 :: ABC Radio National

Loneliness has been with Emily White for as long as she can remember. Smart, savvy, popular - none of this has inoculated her against 'the ghost in her life'. Her memoir is an encounter with the emerging, powerful science of loneliness, and a taboo like few.…

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2011-11-05 Practice makes perfect?

2011-11-04
Length: 29m 58s

The virtuoso violinist, star surgeon and super sportswoman - could any of us become the best of the best? Daniel Coyle toured the world's famous talent 'hotbeds' in search of secrets. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson says with enough 'deliberate practice' …

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Practice makes perfect?

2011-11-04 :: ABC Radio National

The virtuoso violinist, star surgeon and super sportswoman - could any of us become the best of the best? Daniel Coyle toured the world's famous talent 'hotbeds' in search of secrets. Psychologist K. Anders Ericsson says with enough 'deliberate practice' - 10,000 hours of it, he argues - anything's possible. But does that trump 'natural talent'?…

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2011-10-29 7 Billion: It's getting crowded in here! (extended special for Radio National's Population Weekend)

2011-10-28
Length: 54m 28s

High density living is great for the environment, right? But what does it do to our heads and hearts? The Australian psyche was moulded by the myth of the 'wide brown land', so what might life packed like sardines look and feel like? With the world's seve…

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2011-10-22 Sick, Screwed Up or Just Lazy? 2011 Adelaide Festival of Ideas

2011-10-21
Length: 29m 58s

Determined advocacy has put the mental health of young Australians front and centre on the public agenda. But child psychiatrist Professor Jon Jureidini is concerned. He's outspoken about the way his profession is interpreting and responding to young peop…

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2011-10-15 The Marshmallow Test (broadcast edition) and Proust Was a Neuroscientist (podcast/Radio Australia edition)

2011-10-14
Length: 30m 17s

It started with two marshmallows back in the 1960s, and it became one of the most influential experiments in 21st century psychology. Walter Mischel on the role of willpower and the developing mind. Due to BBC copyright reasons the podcast and overseas ed…

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2011-10-08 The Kill Factor (broadcast edition) and Brave New Mind (podcast/Radio Australia edition)

2011-10-07
Length: 30m 12s

Natural born killer? If humans are born for survival, how hard is it to train us to kill for war, and what's the psychological impact of ending another person's life? The BBC's Stephen Evans meets soldiers and hears their stories of war, killing, and su…

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2011-10-01 On the Couch in a brain scanner! Putting the neuro back into Freud

2011-09-30
Length: 29m 58s

Putting the ego, id and subjective self back into the brain sciences, and vice versa. That's the ambitious quest of neuropsychoanalysis. Natasha Mitchell joins neuroscientist and psychoanalyst Dr Maggie Zellner in a very psychoanalytic sort of city, the B…

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2011-09-24 A nuclear plant in the neighbourhood

2011-09-23
Length: 29m 28s

Japanese psychoanalyst Dr Naoto Kawabata is working with devastated communities evacuated after the Tohoku earthquake and nuclear disaster in Fukushima Prefecture. Cardiff University's Understanding Risk team has studied people living adjacent to British …

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2011-09-17 Don't follow your instincts! Supernormal stimuli

2011-09-16
Length: 29m 58s

'Follow your instincts' - it's that old adage we all hold true. Well, don´t. Harvard psychologist Deirdre Barrett argues our ancestral minds are leading us astray in a 21st century world. From obesity to beauty, warfare to television, it's time to use our…

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2011-09-10 A weight on my mind

2011-09-09
Length: 29m 58s

Nick says he's going to die if he doesn´t lose weight. He knows he should eat less. He knows he should move more. How do our minds sabotage us, in concert with our bodies? A probing look at the psychology of obesity. TRANSCRIPT: Natasha Mitchell: If you´…

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2011-08-27 A healing imagination: clinical hypnosis for children

2011-08-26
Length: 29m 58s

Hypnosis conjures up images of side shows and circus acts, but its use in medicine is growing, and with impressive results - especially with children. From insomnia to irritable bowel syndrome - how does it work, are there risks and why do kids appear to …

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2011-08-20 An inflammatory story: Depression and immunity

2011-08-19
Length: 29m 58s

Hippocrates thought melancholia was caused by too much black bile. Now some scientists describe the Black Dog as an inflammatory illness. Heart disease, oxidative stress and omega 3 are all part of the compelling story too, where body and mind reunite. T…

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2011-08-13 ABC East Africa Appeal (Saturday) & Child Soldiers: The Art and arts of healing (Monday/podcast)

2011-08-12
Length: 30m 31s

In Sierra Leone,child soldiers committed acts that words can barely describe. At the war's end, ravaged communities responded to them with terror and stigma. A minority of former child soldiers, many orphaned, have access to reintegration programs. Dance …

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2011-08-06 Taking charge: mind, body and recovery

2011-08-05
Length: 29m 58s

Child and adolescent psychiatrist Professor Graham Martin is an international leader in suicide prevention, educator, researcher, a sometime thespian, poet, mediator and black belt in Karate. But in 2009, life took a radical turn when he was suddenly par…

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2011-07-30 Neural engineering: the cutting edge of prosthetics

2011-07-29
Length: 29m 58s

Imagine if thoughts could move matter? US Army Sergeant Glen Lehman lost his arm at the end of his tour of duty in Iraq - now he's trialling a limb he controls with his mind alone. And, pioneering neural engineer Andrew Schwartz decodes monkey minds, wit…

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2011-07-09 Dialogue with the Dalai Lama - Part 3 - Australian of the Year Patrick McGorry

2011-07-08
Length: 29m 58s

Mental illness is reportedly on the rise in young people. Why? And, what role for secular ethics education in fostering developing minds? Patrick McGorry joins His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Natasha Mitchell in conversation. TRANSCRIPT: His Holiness the…

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2011-07-02 Dialogue with the Dalai Lama - Part 2 - Mirror neurons, our intersubjective minds and the limits of compassion

2011-07-01
Length: 29m 58s

Marco Iacoboni studies mirror neurons -- what some dub 'Dalai Lama neurons' -- and believes they 'force us to rethink the deepest aspects of our very selves'. Psychologist Paul Ekman redefined the scientific study of emotion. They join Natasha Mitchell in…

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2011-06-25 Dialogue with the Dalai Lama - Part 1 - happiness, sadness and everything in between

2011-06-24
Length: 29m 58s

Is sadness important for happiness? How does compassion become a mental habit? From the Happiness and Its Causes Conference, His Holiness the Dalai Lama joins Natasha Mitchell with a panel of top scientific minds. TRANSCRIPT: Introduction: His Holiness…

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2011-06-18 Feature Series (Part 3 of 3) - Getting geeky at Gallaudet University

2011-06-17
Length: 29m 58s

This is the century for visual communication: video conferencing, YouTube, smart phones -- and deaf people are at the forefront. We´re getting geeky at the world´s first and only deaf university, Gallaudet University in Washington DC. Scientific surprises…

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2010-11-20 Glenn Close: 'We are exactly who we are meant to be'

2010-11-19
Length: 29m 58s

Acclaimed actress Glenn Close, her sister Jessie and nephew Calen are star guests at this week´s huge Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego. Hear their candid account of a family history of mental illness, and why they´re speaking out. Next week, …

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2010-11-13 Battlelines: science, sex, brains and gender

2010-11-12
Length: 29m 28s

Boy or girl? Blue brain or pink brain? Dr Cordelia Fine's new book, Delusions of Gender: The Real Science Behind Sex Differences, and Professor Rebecca Jordan-Young's latest, Brainstorm: The Flaws in the Science of Sex Difference, have raked over research…

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2010-11-06 Why everyone (else) is a hypocrite: your modular mind

2010-11-05
Length: 29m 28s

Why do we so often deceive ourselves, believe one thing and yet do another, and fail to exercise self control when we know better? Acclaimed evolutionary psychologist Robert Kurzban argues we need to be more forgiving of ourselves. Our strange ways are ex…

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2010-10-30 Cultural Chemistry - Part 1 of 3 Khat

2010-10-29
Length: 29m 56s

The first of three shows over three months -- a social and scientific odyssey into plants that mould minds and shape cultures. It's known as khat, chat, African salad and Abyssinian tea. To science it's a stimulant, to others a destructive drug, but to mi…

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