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OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Gambling addiction and Milgrim revisited

Updated Wednesday, 12th November 2014

On this week's All in the Mind, Claudia discusses NHS treatment centres for gambling addition, a new schizophrenia drug and Milgrim's obidience experiment.

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In the BBC's All in the Mind, Claudia Hammond and guests delve deeper into the potential and limits of the human mind. 

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On this week's programme:

Gambling addiction outlined with cards, chips and handcuffs Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Matthiase | NHS treatment centres for gambling addiction:

Claudia Hammond talks to Henrietta Bowden-Jones who runs the only NHS clinic for problem gamblers. Psychiatrists, psychologists a family therapist and financial advisor offer specialist treatments which have been shown to work and it has been inundated with referrals since opening. So should more similar treatment centres be set up across the country?

A new schizophrenia drug:

Claudia also hears from the developers of a new drug that targets the cognitive symptoms of schizophrenia. The revolutionary research and the way it could change schizophrenia treatment is also discussed.

Milgrim and the obedience experiments:

The controversial Milgrim experiments on obedience to authority figures are also discussed. Psychologist Stanley Milgrim devised this study in the 1960s to try to understand why the nazis may have commited so many attrocities  - did they have no conscience or were they just following orders? Was the experiment effective or did it breach research ethics? 

This edition of All in the Mind is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 18th November 2014. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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