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Memory loss and identity

34:08 | Aug 19th, 2018

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 stori...Show More

Placebo power

36:43 | Apr 8th, 2018

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.

Judgement day and the science of belief

30:15 | Nov 26th, 2017

The world would end on Judgement Day—21 May, 2011. Some people were convinced, others were sceptical. But the science of belief may explain post-truth politics, and why fake news can appear so believable.

Considering pain

28:52 | Jul 30th, 2017

The context in which we sense pain can change the experience of it—but there are things to learn about how this happens.

Hooked on social media

29:15 | Oct 16th, 2016

Social media it is compelling—but perhaps we depend on it too much.

Carrots, sticks ... and other ways to motivate

29:06 | Dec 30th, 2018

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 p...Show More

On being a dog

38:56 | Dec 23rd, 2018

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 d...Show More

The art of neurodiversity

28:52 | Dec 16th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Neuroscience, consciousness, and leadership

28:52 | Dec 9th, 2018

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 ...Show More

A mother's story of madness, murder, and love

29:29 | Dec 2nd, 2018

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 socie...Show More

Podcast extra: Layne Beachley talks surf therapy

13:06 | Nov 25th, 2018

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

29:52 | Nov 25th, 2018

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 the...Show More

The extremes of love

28:52 | Nov 18th, 2018

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 psychotherap...Show More

Transitioning to motherhood: Perinatal mental health

29:06 | Nov 11th, 2018

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...Show More

The Australian Mental Health Prize winners

28:57 | Nov 4th, 2018

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

33:31 | Oct 28th, 2018

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. They have a condition called aphantasia, which disrupts their ability to create a mental...Show More

First impressions: the face bias

28:56 | Oct 21st, 2018

The science behind our judgement of faces for their trustworthiness, competency, and character.

Ways to stay alive

31:31 | Oct 14th, 2018

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...Show More

Preventing suicide

30:20 | Oct 7th, 2018

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 preventio...Show More

The enigma of time

28:56 | Sep 30th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Ethics and the brave new brain

32:06 | Sep 23rd, 2018

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 communicat...Show More

Psychedelic plants, culture, and rituals Podcast Extra

22:00 | Sep 16th, 2018

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...Show More

Tripping for depression

30:55 | Sep 16th, 2018

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 tre...Show More

Psychedelic research in Australia podcast extra

12:14 | Sep 10th, 2018

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 Multi...Show More

MDMA—its potential therapeutic use podcast extra

12:14 | Sep 10th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Turn on, tune in

28:52 | Sep 9th, 2018

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 the...Show More

Mothering and mental illness

32:03 | Sep 2nd, 2018

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 em...Show More

The art of empathy

29:37 | Aug 26th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Carrots, sticks ... and other ways to motivate

28:56 | Aug 12th, 2018

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 p...Show More

The mental health of refugees

30:53 | Aug 5th, 2018

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 r...Show More

Depression and your sense of self

28:59 | Jul 29th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Leadership in mind

30:43 | Jul 22nd, 2018

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 t...Show More

On being a dog

38:50 | Jul 15th, 2018

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 d...Show More

Tics, twitches, and Tourette's

28:59 | Jul 8th, 2018

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,...Show More

Optimism and hope—with Martin Seligman

28:57 | Jul 1st, 2018

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 ...Show More

Positive psychology—with Martin Seligman

28:58 | Jun 24th, 2018

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 Psycho...Show More

Synesthesia and art

28:52 | Jun 17th, 2018

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 im...Show More

Synesthesia: seeing sounds, hearing colours

50:25 | Jun 10th, 2018

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 synaesthesia—where the senses are crossed.  Meet an 11-year-old girl who was surprised to find out that not everyon...Show More

Strange brains and rare perceptions

28:52 | Jun 3rd, 2018

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 br...Show More

Epilepsy and seizure prediction

28:52 | May 27th, 2018

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. Re...Show More

Creativity and your brain

30:12 | May 20th, 2018

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

54:26 | May 14th, 2018

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

28:52 | May 13th, 2018

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

29:16 | May 6th, 2018

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

40:28 | Apr 29th, 2018

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 therap...Show More

The believing brain

29:33 | Apr 22nd, 2018

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, spi...Show More

The kids of today

28:52 | Apr 15th, 2018

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

7:46 | Apr 11th, 2018

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, ...Show More

Adventures with smart pills and brain hacks

28:52 | Apr 1st, 2018

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...Show More

The art of neurodiversity

28:52 | Mar 25th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Podcast extra—MDMA and its potential therapeutic use

12:28 | Mar 21st, 2018

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...Show More

Trauma, memory, and mental health

28:51 | Mar 18th, 2018

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 servic...Show More

Super-recognisers

28:52 | Mar 11th, 2018

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

28:52 | Mar 4th, 2018

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 it...Show More

BPD and healing relationships

28:52 | Feb 25th, 2018

Borderline Personality Disorder is a mental illness which causes deep pain and tumultuous relationships. But there is good therapy. A young Wiradjuri woman and her adoptive mum tell their story.

Borderline Personality Disorder: stigma to strength

28:52 | Feb 18th, 2018

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

28:52 | Feb 11th, 2018

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 s...Show More

The scientist, the monk, and Ruby Wax

28:52 | Feb 4th, 2018

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 ta...Show More

Craving

28:52 | Jan 28th, 2018

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

28:52 | Jan 21st, 2018

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.

Dissociation and coping with trauma

28:52 | Jan 14th, 2018

The compelling account of a woman who lived with dissociative identity disorder—and how she eventually became integrated.

A superhuman escape

28:52 | Jan 7th, 2018

Maude Julien was imprisoned by her father in an isolated mansion in France and subjected her to endless horrifying endurance tests in a plan to create a superhuman.

Definitely tone deaf?

28:52 | Dec 31st, 2017

Are you a good singer, or are you only comfortable singing in the privacy of your shower? We explore a condition called congenital amusia—also known as tone deafness—and track a self-confessed bad singer trying to get back in tune.

The medical muso

28:52 | Dec 24th, 2017

There’s nothing like a favourite piece of music to lift your spirits, and music is known to play a powerful role in the healing process. Musician Andrew Schulman now uses music as medicine in hospital intensive care units.

Brain stimulation for depression

28:52 | Dec 17th, 2017

Clinical depression is sometimes not helped by medication. One promising alternative treatment is TMS: a magnetic pulse passed through the skin to a focussed part of the brain.

Prize winners in mental health advocacy

30:22 | Dec 10th, 2017

Joint winners of the 2017 Australian Mental Health Prize—Allan Fels, who focusses on improving our mental health care system; and mental health advocate Janet Meagher.

Why we deny the science

29:35 | Dec 3rd, 2017

In this age of contested political issues and unchecked information, we examine the psychological tricks and the quirks of neuroscience which often lead us to believe untruths and ignore the facts.

All In The Mind presents ... Sum of All Parts

26:12 | Nov 26th, 2017

Fans of All In The Mind might enjoy this new podcast from the ABC! Sum of All Parts tells extraordinary stories from the world of numbers. Like this story, about a young man with an unusual type of epilepsy, where he hears what are called ‘musical au...Show More

Brain diversity and modernisation

28:52 | Nov 19th, 2017

A neuroscientist and entrepreneur in rural India is researching on the way brain activity may be influenced by modern progress, and even by income.

Does mental 'illness' exist?

28:52 | Nov 12th, 2017

A leading professor of psychology says that seeing mental distress as an illness is the wrong approach. We need a model of care which supports people who are distressed due to their social and life circumstances.

Lived experience in mental health care

28:52 | Nov 5th, 2017

It’s not always helpful for someone to be labelled as having an illness when they are emotionally distressed. Sometimes simple support can make more of a difference to a person’s outlook. A possible shift in the provision of mental services might be ...Show More

The sound spiral: misophonia

31:20 | Oct 29th, 2017

For some people certain sounds not only annoy them, but send them into panic, anxiety, and even rage. This hyper-sensitivity is a recently discovered condition called misophonia. We discuss the the research trying make sense of it.

Life as a brain surgeon

28:52 | Oct 22nd, 2017

Brain surgery is bloody, messy, and dangerous. Britain’s foremost neurosurgeon Henry Marsh likens it to a blood sport—but his love for the practice of neurosurgery has never wavered and he shares with us his victories, mistakes, and musings on consci...Show More

Emotional CPR

28:52 | Oct 15th, 2017

Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher would like to shift the paradigm of mental health services and empower people to play a strong role in their own recovery—so he’s teaching emotional CPR.

Therapy outside the box

28:52 | Oct 8th, 2017

New research on anxiety and depression is looking at the underlying emotional processes which trigger mental distress, and this is leading to a transdiagnosic approach to treatment.

The gambling zone

28:52 | Oct 1st, 2017

People who spend a lot of time at the pokies could be familiar with ‘the zone’—a state of mind enhanced by the gambling environment to keep them at the machines.

The psychology of hoarding

28:52 | Sep 24th, 2017

We all have different approaches to how much stuff we accumulate. But what happens when your attachment to things becomes so strong that a decision to let go of anything is impossible?

The divided brain

28:52 | Sep 17th, 2017

Your brain is divided into distinct hemispheres which work together to give you different experiences of the world. But has the balance between the two halves of your brain got out of whack—and what’s the impact?

All in the Mind presents Science Friction

33:43 | Sep 10th, 2017

If you enjoy All in the Mind you may be interested in this Science Friction episode on the psychological impact of working on the U.S. drone program.

Contemplating consciousness

28:52 | Sep 10th, 2017

We contemplate the nature of consciousness with a philosopher, a neuroscientist and a Buddhist scholar.

Racial bias and the brain

28:52 | Sep 3rd, 2017

Racism can be blatant and violent but often it's subtle & insidious. We explore the psychology and neuroscience of racial bias.

The enigma of time

28:52 | Aug 27th, 2017

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 ...Show More

Young people surviving cancer

28:52 | Aug 20th, 2017

When you are young the last thing you expect is to be diagnosed with cancer and have to face your own mortality. Psychologists are working on ways to support young adults through their diagnosis, treatment and life post treatment.

Off the Hook

32:51 | Aug 13th, 2017

How to renegotiate your relationship with your smart phone.

A meaningful life

28:52 | Aug 6th, 2017

It may well be that the most significant factor to determine sustained happiness is a sense of purpose and meaning in your life.

First impressions—the face bias

28:52 | Jul 23rd, 2017

The science behind our judgement of faces for their trustworthiness, competency, and character.

A superhuman escape

28:51 | Jul 16th, 2017

Maude Julien was imprisoned by her father in an isolated mansion in France and subjected her to endless horrifying endurance tests in a plan to create a superhuman.

The creation of emotions

28:51 | Jul 9th, 2017

Are the emotions we experience the same as everyone else's? New research shows that emotions are not 'hard-wired', and are developed by our brains and our bodies as we go through life.

Contemplating happiness with Matthieu Ricard

28:52 | Jul 2nd, 2017

Scientific studies have shown that your brain can be trained to be more compassionate; and together with altruism, it can generate a positive outlook for everyone.

The genetics of depression

28:52 | Jun 25th, 2017

Depression is the most disabling chronic condition worldwide and research is now underway to precisely identify the genes associated with it—the results may lead to dramatically improved and personalised treatment.

Connecting with baby

28:52 | Jun 18th, 2017

Emerging theories of child development suggest that a babies have agency over their movements even in the womb, and that their actions help them to make sense of the world.

The science of hedonism

29:20 | Jun 11th, 2017

Sex, drugs, and rock ‘n' roll. It’s a winning trifecta—no matter what the potential dangers are. Hear about the discovery of LSD, and the wide-ranging effects that music has on our brain.

The psychology of paedophilia

29:19 | Jun 4th, 2017

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?

End of life care

28:51 | May 28th, 2017

At a specially designed palliative care unit at a leading Sydney hospital we hear from a patient about his needs and expectations for the final stages of his life—and the staff reflect on what they learn about their own priorities in life by caring f...Show More

When a healthy diet becomes an unhealthy obsession

28:52 | May 21st, 2017

We’re bombarded by blogs and social media with rules for healthy eating: quit sugar, go gluten-free, cut out carbs, eat paleo. But taking the rules too far could lead to an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating.

The food-mood connection

28:51 | May 14th, 2017

In the emerging field of nutritional psychiatry, the evidence is now building that particular foods could have a significant influence on our mental health—particularly depression.

Learning to learn

28:51 | May 7th, 2017

Most of us love being able to look up just about anything on our smart phones and know the answer in an instant. But do you ever worry about what that’s doing to our brains and our capacity to retain knowledge?

In the therapy room

29:21 | Apr 30th, 2017

We go behind the closed doors of the consulting room with renowned psychotherapist of 40 years—Susie Orbach.

The secret history of self-harm

28:51 | Apr 23rd, 2017

After self-harming as a teenager, a historian delves into the past for some important insights into how we can better manage and treat those who self-harm today.

The medical muso

28:51 | Apr 16th, 2017

There’s nothing like a favourite piece of music to lift your spirits, and music is known to play a powerful role in the healing process. Musician Andrew Schulman now uses music as medicine in hospital intensive care units.

The brain makers

37:25 | Apr 9th, 2017

We’re beginning to understand the most complex piece of highly organised matter in the universe: the human brain. In international collaborations, scientists are unravelling its mysteries by using brain-inspired approaches to computing

Turbulent minds collide

28:52 | Apr 2nd, 2017

Martin is a happily-married GP, until he’s suddenly hit with the lows, then the highs of bi-polar disorder. A fictional work by one of Australia’s leading psychiatrists gives an intimate insight into people living with mood disorders.

Children who hear voices

29:23 | Mar 26th, 2017

Imagination is vital for children's development, but sometimes kids hear voices of characters who aren’t there—a new book helps kids understand what's behind these voices.

The strength of recognition

28:51 | Mar 19th, 2017

Indigenous people in the heart of our country are adversely affected by the harsh racial divide, and their history of suffering and trauma. We hear from psychologists and indigenous leaders about a ground-breaking community psychoanalytic approach to...Show More

Growing up digitally

29:00 | Mar 12th, 2017

Today’s kids are well connected to smart devices and social media platforms. Growing up digitally offers exciting opportunities, but also has its challenges.

Definitely tone deaf?

28:51 | Mar 5th, 2017

Are you a good singer, or are you only comfortable singing in the privacy of your shower? We explore a condition called congenital amusia—also known as tone deafness—and track a self-confessed bad singer trying to get back in tune.

Dissociation and coping with trauma

30:32 | Feb 26th, 2017

The compelling account of a woman who lived with dissociative identity disorder—and how she eventually became integrated.

What's in a face? Prosopagnosia

29:19 | Feb 19th, 2017

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.

The gendered mind

28:51 | Feb 12th, 2017

Do men and women have fundamentally different minds? We re-examine the science to see if testosterone really is king when it comes to our gender formation.

Parenting with a mental illness

28:52 | Feb 5th, 2017

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.

Brain override

28:52 | Jan 29th, 2017

Now that we know about brain plasticity, many of us hope that we can improve the control we have over some of our brain states.

The science of mind over body

28:52 | Jan 22nd, 2017

Placebos, virtual reality gaming, Pavlov’s-dog-style conditioning, and just plain care are some of the proven ways that our minds can treat and heal our bodies. There’s a growing body of scientific evidence confirming what we may already suspect abou...Show More

The ghost in my brain

29:18 | Jan 15th, 2017

When a professor of artificial intelligence had disturbing brain injury symptoms as a result of a concussion, he lost his former self—but encouraged by the potential of brain plasticity he changed the course of his life.

The mysterious corpus callosum

29:21 | Jan 8th, 2017

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 int...Show More

It's a conspiracy

29:21 | Jan 1st, 2017

9/11 was an inside job, Princess Diana was murdered in a government plot, and the Apollo 11 moon landing was faked. There’s a conspiracy theory for just about every major event—but believers aren’t just on the paranoid fringe, wearing tin foil hats.

The Indigenous memory code

29:20 | Dec 25th, 2016

Traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines hold the key to a powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.

Social lives, genes, and our health

28:52 | Dec 18th, 2016

Having a sense of meaning in life can protect against chronic disease—but those who lack social connection are more prone to ill health. We talk with Steve Cole about social genomics.

Healing rhythms

28:52 | Dec 11th, 2016

Rhythmic music can affect how the brain controls our stress response. We discuss with counsellor Simon Faulkner how group-based drumming taps into people’s emotions—and when combined with reflective discussion this can be an effective alternative for...Show More

Emotional CPR

28:52 | Dec 4th, 2016

Psychiatrist Daniel Fisher would like to shift the paradigm of mental health services and empower people to play a strong role in their own recovery—so he’s teaching emotional CPR.

The psychology of money

29:14 | Nov 27th, 2016

As the festive season—and budgets—approach, we discuss how to wise-up to money. Lynne Malcolm and Claudia Hammond talk dollars and sense.

ADHD and overdiagnosis

28:51 | Nov 20th, 2016

Twenty percent of American boys are diagnosed with ADHD by the time they turn 18—is ADHD being overdiagnosed and overtreated? Alan Schwarz, Florence Levy, and Rae Thomas give their perspectives.

Finding consciousness

28:52 | Nov 13th, 2016

To help determine consciousness, a neuroscientist tells jokes to a person in a vegetative state, and scans their brain—Professor Adrian Owen describes his research.

Locked in

28:52 | Nov 6th, 2016

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 trapp...Show More

The heritability of mental illness

29:18 | Oct 30th, 2016

Genetic testing for risk of a mental illness could be helpful to its management.

Machines for mental health

29:20 | Oct 23rd, 2016

It may be that we don't need to be face to face to provide quality mental health care.

My mind was a stranger

29:31 | Oct 9th, 2016

The story of an Irish design engineer who suffers from an extreme form of bipolar disorder—charting his relationship with the illness from an idyllic childhood, through a drink and drug-fuelled adolescence and early adulthood, to relative stability t...Show More

The psychology of hoarding

29:18 | Oct 2nd, 2016

We all have different approaches to how much stuff we accumulate. But what happens when your attachment to things becomes so strong that a decision to let go of anything is impossible?

The sound spiral: misophonia

31:20 | Sep 25th, 2016

For some people certain sounds not only annoy them, but send them into panic, anxiety, and even rage. This hyper-sensitivity is a recently discovered condition called misophonia. We discuss the the research trying make sense of it.

Dream sleep

28:52 | Sep 18th, 2016

A good night's sleep is divided into cycles, some of which are REM, or Rapid Eye Movement sleep—and may be important for memory.

Tuning in to autism

28:58 | Sep 11th, 2016

People with autism often have difficulty with social interaction. In a candid and poignant interview, spokesperson John Elder Robison shares his experience of living with autism.

A stroke of reality

28:58 | Sep 4th, 2016

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

The neuroscience of learning

29:15 | Aug 28th, 2016

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

Egotism and its pitfalls

28:49 | Aug 21st, 2016

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

Apps for autism

28:50 | Aug 14th, 2016

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

Creativity and mental illness

31:00 | Aug 7th, 2016

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

The Idiot Brain

28:51 | Jul 31st, 2016

The brain is a complex organ which may be at the centre of all human experience—but is it really all it’s cracked up to be? A neuroscientist and stand-up comedian from the UK calls it ‘The Idiot Brain’.

A cultural history of insanity

28:50 | Jul 24th, 2016

In the ancient world mental disturbance was explained in religious terms or by the action of evil spirits—we look at the cultural history of insanity for insights into modern-day treatment.

Mindreading, ethics, and the law

28:50 | Jul 17th, 2016

The idea of technologies that could help us read the minds of others just by scanning their brains is both exciting and unnerving—and it’s imminent.

Brain decoding

28:50 | Jul 10th, 2016

Imagine if it were possible to read people’s thoughts by detecting their brain activity with a brain decoder. We hear from the researchers who can already tell something about what you’re watching or listening to.

The Indigenous memory code

28:49 | Jul 3rd, 2016

Traditional Aboriginal Australian songlines hold the key to a powerful memory technique used by indigenous people around the world.

Voices and mental illness

28:49 | Jun 26th, 2016

The latest research shows that hearing voices is not just experienced by people with schizophrenia and psychosis. We follow up on last week’s ‘inner voices’ programme by exploring what hallucinations can tell us about mental illness.

Our inner voices

28:50 | Jun 19th, 2016

We all hear voices. For some people the inner conversation brings reason, memory, self-encouragement or rebuke. For others, the voices seem to come from outside—and they might be friendly or deeply malicious. This week All in the Mind explores the wo...Show More

Autism and empowerment

28:50 | Jun 12th, 2016

Sometimes people with autism develop mental illness too, which can cause misunderstanding and misdiagnosis. Hear one woman's story as she shares her insights to empower others.

The funny side of Alzheimer's

28:48 | Jun 5th, 2016

Michelle Wyatt’s father sat devotedly by his wife’s side in the dementia ward every day from eight o’clock in the morning until eight o’clock at night. It was an intense and poignant journey through Alzheimer’s disease for the whole family—but along ...Show More

Eating disorders, families and technology

28:50 | May 29th, 2016

It’s estimated that nine percent of the Australian population has an eating disorder. Many of these people are also anxious and depressed. Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness but little is known about the cause—so t...Show More