All in the Mind: The Loneliness Experiment launches the world’s largest ever survey of its kind on loneliness. Britain is the “loneliness capital of Europe” according to the Office for National Statistics. Loneliness is likely to affect all of us at some point in our lives and is not only distressing, but is implicated in health problems such as an increased risk of heart disease. For some people loneliness occurs because of a change in circumstances such as after bereavement, becoming unemployed or starting university. And while some tend to adapt to their new lives and the feeling of loneliness fades others are less able to shake off their pain. The Loneliness Experiment, devised by Professor Pamela Qualter and colleagues, aims to look at causes and possible solutions to loneliness. And we want as many people as possible to fill in our survey, even if they’ve never felt lonely, because we want to know what stops people feeling lonely, so that more of us can feel connected. To launch the Experiment Claudia Hammond is joined by Olivia Laing, author of Lonely City, and psychology professor, Pamela Qualter, an expert in loneliness in young people. Building on the success of 2016’s […]
All in the Mind examines how we think and behave. It’s presented by psychologist Claudia Hammond. She investigates the latest techniques being used by mental health practitioners, speaks to people with psychological issues and uncovers all the most recent research from the world of the mind.
Claudia finds out what can be done to help children whose parents have a mental illness and who may end up becoming their carers. She talks to Kiera and Ambeya who have lived with their parents’ depression and schizophrenia and she meets Alan Cooklin, the founder of Kidstime, a charity which aims to support families where one or more parent has a mental illness. Claudia talks to the psychologist who finds out why our perceptions of the amount of exercise we do can change its health benefits. And Dame Kelly Holmes is one of the judges for the All in the Mind Awards. She talks about the mental health struggles she faced just months before winning two gold Olympic medals. She explains why it was so hard to talk about her feelings at the time and why she believes it’s so important people are more open about their own mental health difficulties. Also another awards judge, Mandy Stevens, explains how to do square breathing and why it’s such a good technique to help tackle anxiety and panic attacks. About the “All In The Mind” Podcast
How good is your intuition – those hunches you follow because you’re convinced you’re right? Alas, if you think you’re good at it, evidence shows you’re probably not. Claudia Hammond hears the latest research from Dr Mario Weick from the University of Kent There’s still time for you to enter the 2018 All in the Mind Awards. This is your chance to nominate someone who’s made a difference to your mental health. You could nominate a group or project or maybe a friend, a therapist, a partner, a nurse – anyone who’s really been there for you. We hear from GP Daniel Dietch – one of last year’s finalists on the impact being nominated had on him after being put forward by a patient with bi-polar disorder. Medication taken by some people with psychosis or schizophrenia is designed to reduce delusions and hallucinations. What it doesn’t tackle are the additional problems with memory and decision-making. Claudia Hammond meets Dr Natasza Orlov of Kings College London who’s been trialling mild electrical stimulation to the brain aimed specifically at these symptoms. Could it improve everyone else’s memory as well? And we catch up on what’s happened to the very first high flying […]
Claudia Hammond finds out why films are being made of residents of a care home in South West London. They all have dementia and the story of their lives is told through photos, interviews and music and their beneficial effects are being studied in a small NHS trial. Claudia meets 92 year old May and her daughter, Valerie to find out what the film has done for her and why this kind of reminiscence therapy is so effective. Claudia talks to psychologist John Bargh about the power of the unconscious mind, why sad music makes people spend more and how we can use our unconscious mind’s susceptibility to our own advantage. And why a community organisation in Tyne and Wear called Citizens UK has brought together people from schools, mosques, churches, politicians and the NHS to ask what their top priority should be. Find out why they all voted for mental health and what they’re going to do about it. Psychologist Dr Catherine Loveday of the University of Westminster also explains why just believing that you do less exercise than your friends is likely to make you die earlier even if it’s not true and a she discusses a recent […]
Our sense of reward motivates us and is essential for survival – influencing the hundreds of decisions we make every day about what feels good and what doesn’t. Claudia Hammond meets Ray Dolan, Wolfram Schultz and Peter Dayan, winners of this year’s Brain Prize, in front of an audience at London’s Royal Institution, to discuss their ground-breaking work on how the brain recognises and processes reward. The trio’s discoveries have revolutionised our understanding in how our brain’s reward system can motivate us, give us the best chance in life and influence the way we learn. So when the system malfunctions, it can lead to big problems such as obesity, gambling and addiction. But as understanding of this brain system continues to be unravelled Claudia Hammond hears why this happens and what can be done to control it. About the “All In The Mind” Podcast