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OU on the BBC: All in the Mind - Understanding psychosis and walking

Updated Friday, 21st November 2014

Psychologists call for a change in how we treat people who experience psychosis in this episode of 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. 

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On this week's programme:

Lonely woman walking in the woods Copyrighted  image Icon Copyright: Dunca Daniel | Dreamstime.com Changing attitudes towards psychosis:

This week, a new report from the British Psychological Society published a report about the knowledge of and treatment of psychosis and schizophrenia, following on form their report published 14 years ago. Claudia Hammond investigates the way we help people with psychosis and schizophrenia have changed over the past decade. Have our attitudes changed? What still needs to change?

The report's editor, Anna Cooke and Dr Shubulade, a consultant psychiatrist and meber of the 2012 Schizophrenia Commission talk about the findings.

We also hear from Anthony Scally, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 24 and wrote a book Eyebrows and Other Fish about his experiences, and also Nikki Mattocks, anti-stigma and discrimination activist for Time to Change. 

Airline screening:

Do we need a new method for detecting suspicious passengers at airports? Professor Tom Ormerod (Head of Psychology, The University of Sussex) and Professor Carol Dando (The University of Wolverhampton) have researched the screening process at airports. A new conversational method designed by psychologists finds  'dishonest' passengers in a field-based randomised control test 55% of the time in comparrison to the traditional 'suspicious signs' method which only spots dishonest passengers 3% of the time. 

Walking to combat depression:

Claudia is joined by Professor Johannes Michalak (Witten/Herdecke University in Germany) who gives us an insight into new research showing how we walk affects what we remember. If we walk in a 'happy' style, this would allow us to recall positive memories. 

This edition of All in the Mind is first broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 25th November 2014. For further details, and to listen online where available, please visit the BBC website.

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