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All in the Mind - Spring/Summer 2017

Join us for the OU/BBC Radio 4 series that explores the limits and potential of the human mind.

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About the series

Psychologist Claudia Hammond presents All in the Mind - the series that explores new ideas in how we think and behave. The programmes explore three aspects of human behaviour: issues in the delivery of mental health services, from new schemes to help service users to the side effects of drugs; the latest neuroscience research, from multimillion pound projects to map the brain to the human stories of having your brain studied; and new ideas in psychology, such as research into memory or into phobias.

The programmes feature interviews with academic researchers, mental health practitioners, and people with psychological issues.

The first episode of the new series of All in the Mind airs from Tuesday 25th April at 9.00 PM and is repeated on Wednesdays at 3.30 PM.  Full broadcast details and listen again links can be found on bbc.co.uk

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Therapy and personality, self-help books, Roald Dahl and the brain, Insider's Guide

Claudia discusses the effects therapy has of personality – study showing the of therapy and how it reduces the rates of neurosis and can make people more extrovert.


Are self-help books damaging or helping wellbeing? Svend Brinkmann (Prof Psychology, Aalborg University, Denmark) author of self-help parodies talks to Sonja Lyubomirsky (Prof of Psychology, University of California) author of self-help books about the pressures of people under pressure to improve themselves – do self-help book really help?


Claudia talks to Neuroscientist Tom Solomon (University of Liverpool) who has written a book about Roald Dhal and his interest in the brain.


Insiders Guide is ‘What to do in a crisis’

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Episodes in this series

Episode Description
Adult ADHD; Insiders' Guide to Mental Health Services; Wound healing & expressive writing Claudia Hammond explores the latest developments in the worlds of psychology, neuroscience, and mental health. Read more
Psychology of heart failure, the word 'you' and the Insider's Guide On this week's programme the psychological effects of heart failure and more is explored. Read more
Anxiety and performance, Googling your therapist, Psychiatists and Bribery Claudia visits the Royal College of Music to see a new way of beating anxiety before a performance. Read more
The Everyday Effect of Unconscious Bias Claudia Hammond hosts a special edition to discuss something that happens to all of us; unconscious bias. Read more
Think Ahead, Confidence, Elder-speak and Autism This week's Thinking Allowed explores research into confidence, autism in Somalian culture and the problem with ... Read more
Parent's self stigma and mental health; First impressions; Mental health manifestos; Insiders' Guide The Open University's Dr Mathijs Lucassen joins Claudia as the presenter's guest to comment on the show's themes. Read more
Mental health support in the community; Awareness in children; Insiders' Guide Get an in-depth look at a day of a mental health social worker as Claudia visits sessions with a mental health... Read more
New brain cells and depression; Yoga in prisons; Insiders' Guide; Preferring our own ideas Tune into a new episode of All in the Mind. Read more
Therapy and personality, self-help books, Roald Dahl and the brain, Insider's Guide Claudia discussed the effects therapy has on personality, has a discussion on opposing views of self-help books and... Read more