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OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Regulating emotions and 1:4 campaign

Updated Thursday, 6th November 2014

Training emotions, using 1:4 as a mental health campaign slogan, and Clio Barnard, are discussed on this week's All in the Mind. 

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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. 

On this week's programme:

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Dr Tim Dalgleish from the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at Cambridge joins Claudia and tell us about very promising research he is involved in regarding "training the emotional brain". Tim's team is using working memory to address emotional reactions and has managed to show, for the first time, a transfer effect, so that practice in ONE area of emotionally charged situations is having a positive effect in another. The implications of this research are fascinating, because of the link between psychiatric disorders and difficulty in regulating emotions.

1:4 as a campaign slogan: 

There's a discussion about whether using 1:4 as a campaigning slogan has positive or negative connotations. Does it, as clinical psychological Martin Seager claim, actually increase stigma around mental health? Or has this statistic, as the Director of Time to Change, Sue Baker, claim, had an extremely successful impact on attitudes towards mental illness?

Clio Barnard:

And finally, the film director of The Arbor and The Selfish Giant, Clio Barnard, talks about a year as Wellcome's first screenwriting fellow and her collaborations with psychologists, psychiatrists and neuroscientists. How will her next project, a film of Rose Tremain's book, Trespass, be affected by her year long fellowship?

This edition of All in the Mind is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 11th November 2014. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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